Though usually not seen or heard, golf caddies play an important role in the golfer’s game, especially at the professional level. Golf caddies do more than carry around a golfer’s clubs; they also give advice on shots, club choices and offer moral support. According to Forbes.com, professional caddies working for top golfers can earn upward of $500,000 a year. Although working as a caddie at the amateur level will not bag big bucks, college-aged students can still earn scholarship money for college just for working as a golf caddie.
Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship
One of the most well-known and lucrative golf caddie scholarships, the Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship awards full college tuition for four years, plus housing allowances. Funded by the Evans Scholars Foundation, the scholarship goes to students with a strong caddie record, academic merit, outstanding character and financial need. As part of the scholarships, recipients who attend one of the 14 Evans Scholars Foundation schools receive free housing in an Evans Scholarship House. Each of the Evans Scholarship Houses elects officers, sponsors social and community activities and participates in campus events as a group.
Sandy Chiu Caddie Scholarship
Funded by the annual Sandy Chiu Scholarship Tournament and private donations, the Sandy Chiu Caddie Scholarship was established to honor the daughter of Mizuno USA’s Vice President of Corporate Relations. The scholarship awards caddies at Cuscowilla Golf Club with a $4,000 scholarship, as of 2011. Eligible applicants must caddie at least two times a month at Cuscowila, have a 2.5 grade point average or higher and compose an essay describing how the scholarship money will assist them in their educational goals.
Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Fund
Golf caddies who work for a Westchester Golf Association Club in Connecticut or New York can apply for the Westchester Golf Association Caddie Scholarship Fund. The scholarship awards varying amounts of tuition assistance based on the student’s financial need and funding received each year. To be eligible, a caddie must demonstrate financial aid, have enrolled or are currently enrolled in a college or university and have worked for at least two seasons at an eligible golf club. Along with the scholarship application, students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to determine financial need.
Platt Caddie Scholarships
Sponsored by the Golf Association of Philadelphia, the Platt Caddie Scholarships award up to $6,600 in tuition money to outstanding student caddies. Caddies must be high school graduates and have caddied for at least one season at a Golf Association of Philadelphia member club. Along with scholarship money, students named as a Platt Caddie Scholar receive access to a mentor network of business and golf professionals, membership into the Platt Alumni Association and get to attend a career workshop and caddie luncheon held in their honor. Caddies without financial need may still apply to become an honorary Platt Caddie Scholar and receive the additional benefits but not scholarship money.
Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." You'll also find her work on websites like Airbnb, Chron.com, and USAToday.com. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.