Beloit Club Caddie Earns Full Ride to UW-Madison as Evans Scholar
High school senior recognized for strong caddie record, academics, character and leadership
Beloit, WI. - Beloit Club is proud to announce Josiah DuBois has been awarded the prestigious Evans Scholarship, a full tuition and housing scholarship for high-achieving golf caddies awarded by the Western Golf Association Evans Scholarship Foundation. DuBois will attend University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall as Beloit Club’s first Evans Scholar, where he intends to study anthropology and sociology.
A senior at Clinton High School, DuBois has been a member of the Beloit Club Caddie Program since 2017. He was one of one of 21 Wisconsin finalists considered at the digital selection meeting in mid-December.
Recipients are recognized for their strong caddie record, excellence in academics, financial need, character and leadership. In addition to caddying at Beloit Club, Dubois is a member of the Beloit Junior Golf Association, National Honor Society, 4-H, DECA and Lighthouse Fellowship Church. He has participated in Clinton High School’s concert band, marching band, solo and ensemble, and golf, basketball and football teams, and carries a 3.51 overall GPA.
“The Beloit Club caddie program has come a long way in a short period of time due in part to the support of our golfing membership, the leadership of our Caddie Master and PGA professional, Nate Laird, and the dedication of young men and women like Josiah who strive to better themselves each and every day,” said Kent Instefjord, general manager at Beloit Club and Ironworks Golf Lab. “The Evans Scholarship Foundation has provided a vehicle to reward caddies such as Josiah, which truly has the ability to change the course of a student’s life as well as their family’s life. We are very proud of what Josiah has accomplished and we look forward to the continued growth of our program and the positive impact to more Beloit area youth.”
Currently, a record 1,045 caddies are enrolled in 19 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 11,320 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr. The Evans Scholarship is valued at more than $120,000 over four years.
Visit www.BeloitClub.com/caddie-program to learn more about Beloit Club’s Caddie Program for area students aged 12-20.
About Evans Scholars Foundation
In 1929, famed amateur golfer Charles "Chick" Evans Jr. asked the WGA to administer the fund he had established to send deserving caddies to college. The WGA awarded its first two scholarships in 1930, sending caddies Harold Fink and Jim McGinnis to Northwestern University. Until World War II, all Evans Scholars continued to attend Northwestern, and it was there that the first Scholarship House was established.
As the Evans Scholars Foundation grew, WGA Directors realized the impact of Chick's dream on the lives of young men and women with limited access to a college education. When Chick's original investment was exhausted, the WGA Directors perpetuated the Evans Scholars Program by making contributions of their own.
Today, the Foundation is funded by contributions from Par Club members across the country as well as proceeds from our championships. The Evans Scholars Program provides academic, professional and social resources that help students maintain a cumulative 3.4 GPA and 95 percent graduation rate. There are a record 1,045 Evans Scholars enrolled in 19 leading universities for the 2020-21 academic year, and 11,323 young men and women have graduated as Evans Scholars since 1930.
About Western Golf Association
The WGA began in 1899, when 11 Chicago-area golf clubs formed an organization to promote their interests in golf. It was in Golf, Illinois, where the WGA established its headquarters. At the nearby Glen View Club, the WGA held its first Western Open and Western Amateur championships to showcase the exceptional talent of golfers who called the west their home.
Today, we conduct four amateur championships – the Western Amateur, Western Junior, Women’s Western Amateur and Women’s Western Junior – and two professional events – the Korn Ferry Tour’s Evans Scholars Invitational and the BMW Championship, the penultimate event of the PGA TOUR FedExCup Playoffs.
About the Beloit Club
Following a remodel, the Beloit Club fully reopened its doors in 2016. The Illinois/Wisconsin state line’s premier private golf and entertainment facility provides a stunning and comfortable atmosphere for a variety of activities and events. Whether you wish to relax by the pool, play a world-class round of golf or dine in luxury, the Beloit Club is the perfect place. For more information, call 608.364.9000 or visit the website.