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Local students earn full-ride scholarships through caddying

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 1, 2018

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Three local high school seniors have received full-ride scholarships, thanks to their caddying skills. 

Evan Harwood and Noah Maike, both of West Bloomfield, and Riley Fisher, of Novi, were recipients of the 2017-18 Chick Evans Scholarship, a four-year housing and tuition scholarship for golf caddies. The scholarship is valued at $100,000 over four years, and recipients can attend either the University of Michigan or Michigan State University.

Harwood, a student at Bloomfield Hills High School; Maike, a student at West Bloomfield High School; and Fisher, a student at Walled Lake Northern High School, were interviewed by Western Golf Association directors, Evans Scholars alumni and program supporters at a selection meeting.

The three all caddied at Orchard Lake Country Club in West Bloomfield. They were among 25 Michigan high school seniors awarded the scholarship Jan. 4.

“When our selection process is completed by April, we’ll have awarded the Evans Scholarship to 275 caddies across the country,” said Amy Fuller, vice president of communications for the Western Golf Association, which is home to the Evans Scholarship Foundation.

There are currently 965 Evans Scholars enrolled at 19 universities around the country. The program has graduated over 10,600 caddies. 

The Evans Scholarship Foundation was established in 1930 by the WGA, and it is the largest scholarship program for caddies in the country. 

“All of the caddies have to have financial need, outstanding records of academics and caddying, and they also have to be leaders in their schools and in their communities,” said Fuller.

Harwood said that he is thankful to have received the scholarship. 

“I’m grateful I won. ... I’m blessed,” he said. “I’m very thankful for it. I never expected it. I’m blessed to have such a great community around me to help me.” 

Harwood has been a caddy at Orchard Lake Country Club for nearly four years. The 17-year-old looks forward to attending MSU. 

“It’s been really good to caddy,” he said. “My experience has been really good because I have been able to learn a lot of values I’ll be able to use later in my life.” 

All recipients of Evans Scholarships live together in a designated house on the campus of their university.