In 2012, Evans Scholars Alumni donated more than $6.2 million to the Evans Scholars Foundation, marking a new giving record. These funds include contributions through the WGA Par Club, the McGuigan Endowment Fund, Scholarship House campaigns, special contributions and Evans events. This boosts the total lifetime contributions from Evans Scholars Alumni to more than $62.3 million.
“Evans Scholars Alumni know firsthand how the scholarship has changed their own lives,” says Jim Bunch, WGA Chairman. “Now at a time when need is greater than ever - as tuition rates continue to escalate and more caddies than ever are applying for Evans Scholarships - Alumni are among first in line to give the lifelong gift of education to the next generation of caddies.”
There are more than 9,600 Evans Scholars Alumni across the country, who compose a vibrant network of successful men and women committed to giving back to the Program. They have grown up to be successful teachers, doctors, lawyers and CEO's across the country and the world. And as they have achieved success in their own lives, they have been the first to step up to the tee in giving back.
“Each year, Alumni continue to show how appreciative they are of receiving the Evans Scholarship,” says Mary Gallina O’Leary, Evans Scholars Alumni Association chair. “We were given a life-changing opportunity thanks to the generosity of thousands of golfers and other Program supporters across the country. Now it is our turn to pay it forward to ensure that every qualified caddie has the same shot we did to go to college.”
Aside from financial giving, Alumni involvement is strong in other ways. Alumni volunteer as WGA Directors, helping to guide young caddies as members of golf or country clubs. Each year, they also help organize and participate in one-day fundraising events and serve as committee members for special events like the WGA’s Green Coat Gala and the BMW Championship.