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Sheboygan North's Bennett Waara is one of only 18 high school seniors in Wisconsin to receive the scholarship.

SHEBOYGAN – Sheboygan North senior Bennett Waara has received the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Scholarship, which is given to high-achieving caddies.

Waara, who is a member of the Sheboygan North boys golf team and a caddie at Sheboygan’s Pine Hills Country Club, will be attending the University of Wisconsin. He is one of only 18 high school seniors in the state to receive the prestigious honor.

To qualify for the scholarship, caddies must exhibit excellence in academics, outstanding character, a strong caddie record, and demonstrated financial need. The scholarship, which covers full tuition and housing for four years, is valued at $120,000.

Evans Scholars attend 22 leading universities across the United States. Each university chapter elects its own officers, runs social and service activities, and participates in campus programs. In addition to promoting academic achievement, the scholarship program is designed to develop strong leadership and communication skills in its participants.

The Chick Evans Scholarship was founded in 1930 by the Western Golf Association and golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., who after caddying at an early age, became one of the top amateur golfers in the nation. In 1916, Evans won both the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur, becoming the first golfer to win both championships in the same year. Only Bobby Jones has repeated the feat since.

The Evans Scholars Foundation is funded by contributions from Par Club members, along with proceeds from WGA championship events. The scholarship program provides academic, professional and social resources that help students maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 and a 95% graduation rate.

For more information about the WGA and Evans Scholars Foundation, visit https://wgaesf.org/.

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