For several years, Evans Scholars Foundation leaders had been in talks about sending caddies to the University of Notre Dame. From 1949 to 1961, fourteen caddies had earned the Evans Scholarship at the private university in northern Indiana. Starting in 2013, Evans Scholars were once again invited to attend one of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Before Scholars could return to Notre Dame, talks of renewing the relationship began years ago. Jim Reilly, a WGA Director and Evans Alum, and Scott Malpass, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of the University, both saw the similar values of Notre Dame and the ESF. Among these qualities are both institutions’ dedications to excellence, community and philanthropy.
Malpass explains that Notre Dame is a “national university. We’re trying to recruit top students with different backgrounds for a very talented, diverse student body. So many great kids get involved in caddie programs across the country. Values like integrity, hard work, and discipline are what caddies have to exhibit and certainly are the traits we seek in students. We felt we should be a part of this and have a chance to meet kids we might not have otherwise had the opportunity to.”
In 2013, Siegfried Hall welcomed two Evans Scholars to the University. Today, male Evans Scholars continue to live on campus at Siegfried Residence Hall, while female Scholars reside in the neighboring Pasquerilla West. Located on “Mod Quad,” the students are perfectly integrated into the Notre Dame community because of their prime location next to the Hesburgh Library and North Dining Hall. Malpass says, “the whole idea of living in community is exactly what we do, and exactly what the Evans Scholars Program wants.”
Malpass serves as the Evans Scholars advisor, providing mentorship to the students and acting as a liaison between the program, the Scholars, and the university. The Notre Dame Evans Scholars premier event each year is their Golf Outing at the local Warren Golf Course. Scholars invite players from their member clubs to play 18 holes, and eat lunch with Scholars in order to raise money for the Evans Scholars Foundation.
With the fifth class of Evans Scholars currently freshman, the Notre Dame chapter looks forward to continued growth and contribution to the Notre Dame community!
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