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Western Golf Association
Caddie Academy

About Us & Frequently Asked Questions

About Us

The WGA Caddie Academy provides summer caddie opportunities to under-resourced high school students who ultimately hope to pursue an Evans Scholarship. Each summer, students come from all across the United States to caddie at clubs in the Chicago area while living together under the guidance of current Evans Scholars.

Participants are chosen during their freshman year, based on outstanding academics, leadership and character. Through the Caddie Academy, students have the chance to earn money, meet role models and learn invaluable life lessons on the golf course. After successfully completing three summers, they become eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing college scholarship. To date, 35 graduates of the Caddie Academy have been awarded Evans Scholarships.

In addition to caddying, participants take part in special activities, including attending a professional baseball game, educational field trips, career talks and standardized test training.

The WGA Caddie Academy for girls began in 2012, and a Caddie Academy for boys launched in 2017.

Learn more about the WGA Caddie Academy for young women

Learn more about the WGA Caddie Academy for young men

FAQs

  1. When can I apply?
    The application is available starting January 1. All applications and supporting documents should be completed and submitted by March 1.
     
  2. When will I know if I was accepted?
    The WGA Caddie Academy Committee will notify all applicants of a decision by April 15.
     
  3. What are the eligibility requirements?
    All applicants must currently be in their freshman year of high school and exhibit character and leadership, academic success, financial need and the inability to caddie based on geographic location.
     
  4. How long is the program?
    The program runs for seven weeks from mid-June through the first weekend in August.
     
  5. How much does it cost?
    The program is free for all participants.
     
  6. Where do I live for the 7 weeks?
    The Caddie Academy girls are housed at the boarding school Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart in Lake Forest, Illinois, and the boys are housed in the Northwestern University Evans Scholarship House in Evanston, Illinois.
     
  7. How many days a week do I caddie?
    Participants are expected to caddie six days a week, including weekends. Most clubs are closed on Mondays. There will be some Monday outings that the participants will caddie in as well.
     
  8. Do Caddie Academy participants make money?
    Yes. The amount of money each participant makes varies, but you keep all your earnings from the summer.
     
  9. What do I need to bring?
    All invited participants will receive a suggested packing list prior to the start of the program.
     
  10. What is the Evans Scholarship?
    The Evans Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for high-achieving caddies with limited financial means. Caddie Academy participants who complete three summers in the program are eligible to apply for the Evans Scholarship.