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Cristo Rey Atlanta Student Golf Caddies Awarded Evans Scholarships
  Posted: 4/12/2019

Atlanta Student Golf Caddies Awarded Evans Scholarships


April 12, 2019 (Atlanta, GA) – Two Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School seniors are the first-ever Atlanta students to receive the prestigious Evans Scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. The Evans Scholars Foundation awards the full housing and tuition grant to golf caddies who have a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need, and outstanding character. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit students Nala Bishop and Elizabeth Rodriguez will receive an estimated $120,000 each over four years to attend Northwestern University and the University of Notre Dame, respectively.


Nala and Elizabeth participated in the Western Golf Association Caddie Academy, a summer program that provides under-resourced high school students an opportunity to caddie, earn money, and ultimately pursue an Evans Scholarship. Students from across the United States come to the Caddie Academy to caddie at clubs in the Chicago area while living together under the guidance of current Evans Scholars. Nala and Elizabeth caddied for three years at Exmoor Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois.


The WGA Caddie Academy and the Evans Scholars Foundation have afforded the student caddies an opportunity to network with influential business leaders and attend prominent universities. Nala notes, “Not only have I gotten the opportunity to caddie and connect with prestigious people in the business world, but I have met an amazing group of friends that are from all over the nation. The Caddie Academy has given me a family and now that I have gotten the Evans Scholarship, I have an even bigger family.”


Both girls are exceptional students in addition to having strong caddie records. Nala is senior class president, a student ambassador and plays volleyball while maintaining a 3.8 GPA at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit. As part of the school’s Corporate Work Study program, Nala has interned with an Atlanta area company each year during high school and she currently works for Turner Sports. In her free time, Nala volunteers at United Way of Greater Atlanta.


Elizabeth has a 4.0 GPA and is the valedictorian of the senior class. She is a three-sport athlete in basketball, soccer, and volleyball in which she serves as team captain. In addition, Elizabeth is a student ambassador, a co-founder of Students for Life, and heavily involved in her church youth group. She is currently a student intern at the Metro Atlanta Chamber through Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit’s Corporate Work Study program.


The students were introduced to the WGA Caddie Academy by school counselor Liz Huff who recognized the leadership potential in the girls as freshmen and believed that the program would provide the girls with unique opportunities. Ms. Huff states, “The WGA Caddie Academy has enabled our students to start to learn to live away from home and manage adult responsibilities. By giving them college prep and real college experiences, they have shown our students that attending an elite college is not only possible, but a very realistic part of their futures.”


The Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, has supported the Chick Evans Scholarship Program through the Evans Scholars Foundation since 1930. It is the nation’s largest scholarship program for caddies. Currently, a record 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.


Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.