Eli Thompson named Co-Scholar of the Year


Two recent Evans Scholar graduates received the top individual honors awarded by the Evans Scholars Foundation at the Program’s annual Summer Outing banquet held on June 26 at The Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Miami University Evans Scholar Eli Thompson and Michigan State Evans Scholar James Torres were named co-Evans Scholars of the Year, the top honors a student can receive within the Evans Scholars Program.

Along with these individual awards, the Northwestern University Evans Scholars and the Ohio State Evans Scholars were recognized for achieving the highest cumulative GPA, a 3.48 for the 2015-16 school year, across all the Program’s 14 Scholarship chapters.

The Evans Scholars Program, which has been run by the Western Golf Association since its founding in 1930, is among the nation’s largest privately-funded scholarship programs. This fall, more than 910 caddies will be enrolled in 19 top universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,000 caddies have graduated since the Program began.

Evans Scholars are caddies who have earned a full tuition and housing grant based on their strong caddie record, excellent academics, financial need and outstanding character. Most Scholars attend one of 14 universities across the nation where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a Scholarship House.

“This year’s winners have shown outstanding leadership both in the classroom and on their campuses,” said WGA President and CEO John Kaczkowski. “We are truly proud of all of them. Their hard work and dedication serves as an inspiration for other students.”

Co-Evans Scholars of the Year


Eli Thompson, from Elyria Ohio, caddied at The Elyria Country Club. He graduated from Miami University in June with an outstanding 3.99 GPA and a degree in math and statistics. His college success began early, when he was voted New Scholar of the Year as a freshman by his fellow Scholars. He has served as executive vice president of his chapter. He has accepted a full-time position with Western and Southern Life Insurance in Cincinnati.

Of the Evans Scholarship, Eli says: “I have had incredible experiences during my time as an Evans Scholar. It is because of this Scholarship that my college experience has been so rewarding and fulfilling."

James Torres, from Clawson, Michigan, caddied at Red Run Golf Club in Royal Oak, Michigan. He graduated from Michigan State University with an outstanding 3.82 GPA and a degree in computer science.

His leadership experience was also apparent early on, when he, too, was voted New Scholar of the Year by his fellow Scholars. He has served his chapter as the Vice President of New Scholars and then as Chapter President. He has accepted a full-time position with Crowe Horwarth in Indianapolis.

Of the Evans Scholarship, James says: “The ability to join the Evans Scholars family is the greatest opportunity of my life. Receiving the Evans Scholarship has helped me keep my dreams alive by allowing me to further my education.”

James E. Moore Scholarship Trophy


The Evans Scholars from Northwestern University and Ohio State University both earned a 3.48 cumulative GPA for the 2015-16 school year and were awarded the James E. Moore Scholarship Trophy for academic excellence. The trophy, given annually since 1962, honors Evans Scholarship chapter that earns the highest cumulative GPA for the previous school year. In addition, each of the Foundation’s 14 Scholarship Chapters earned a cumulative GPA above 3.0. All received a plaque honoring their academic achievement at the banquet.

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