Local Chick Evans Scholarship winners announced

By: Emily Jones | C&G Newspapers | Published February 5, 2020

METRO DETROIT — The Western Golf Association recently awarded 31 Michigan high school students with the Chick Evans Scholarship. The scholarship — the nation’s largest privately funded scholarship program — is a full, four-year housing and tuition scholarship.

To win the scholarship, students must fulfill four selection criteria, which are a strong caddie record, excellent academic results, outstanding character and financial need. The final selection interviews were held Jan. 8-9 at Plum Hollow Country Club in Southfield.

All of the recipients will begin college in the fall at either the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, or Michigan State University in East Lansing. The total value of the four-year scholarship is around $120,000.

Local scholars include:

• Ethan Price (Red Run Golf Club, Cousino High School, Sterling Heights)

• Phillip DesRochers (Edgewood Country Club, Walled Lake Northern High School, Commerce Township)

• Joanna Zahra (Orchard Lake Country Club, Walled Lake Central High School, Commerce Township)

• Jacob Rose (Orchard Lake Country Club, Oakland Early College, West Bloomfield)

• Elizabeth Muter (Oakland Hills Country Club, Troy Athens High School, Troy)

• Stephen Moussiaux (Lochmoor Club, Lakeview High School, St. Clair Shores)

• Benjamin Banks (Country Club of Detroit, University High School Academy, Southfield)

• Erin Davis (Franklin Hills Country Club, University High School Academy, Southfield)

• Regenald Fletcher (Plum Hollow Country Club, University High School Academy, Southfield)

• Brooklyn Northcross (Detroit Golf Club, Grosse Pointe South High School, Grosse Pointe Park)

• Jonathan Paul (Country Club of Detroit, University of Detroit Jesuit, Grosse Pointe Farms)

• Townsend Meredith (Country Club of Detroit, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Park)

• Brendan Jones (Lochmoor Club, University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods)

• John Cook (Birmingham Country Club, Royal Oak High School, Royal Oak)

• Thomas Westman (Forest Lake Country Club, Bloomfield Hills High School, Bloomfield Hills)

In a recent press release, WGA Chairman Kevin Buggy said, “Each of these deserving Evans Scholars epitomizes what our program has been about since its creation in 1930. Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams.”

Most of the scholarship donations come from the Evans Scholars Par Club Program, made up of 32,500 golfers. Evans Scholars alumni also donate more than $14 million every year. Finally, all of the proceeds from the BMW Championship are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation fund.

There are currently 1,010 Evans Scholars at 18 universities around the country.

“These young men and women have shown excellence in the classroom and in their communities, as well as on the golf course,” said John Kaczkowski, WGA president and CEO, in the press release. “We welcome them to the Evans Scholars family.”

For more information, go to www.wgaesf.org.