Sisters don't always follow in each other's footsteps, but Kennedy Meyers, a senior at Clackamas High School, followed her sister, Madison, into caddying and she's glad she did.
Two years ago, Madison won a Chick Evans Scholarship for Caddies, and this year Kennedy won the same scholarship, which will cover tuition and housing for all four years of college.
"I'm attending the University of Washington in the fall and will be studying biology on a pre-veterinary track, as I aspire to be a vet," Meyers said.
At CHS, Meyers is in the National Honor Society and on the golf team.
"Caddying has been the best thing to ever happen to me, it has provided me with opportunities that I would have never otherwise had, and connected me to amazing adults that inspire me to be successful in life as I continue into college," she said.
Meyers has caddied for three years at Willamette Valley Country Club in Canby.
"I started playing golf on my high school team my junior year as a way to improve my caddying skills and know the game better," she said.
"Like my sister, I had never golfed when I began caddying, but it did influence me to start playing the game."
Meyers added, "My favorite thing about caddying is being able to work outside in the sun as well as all the amazing opportunities it has brought me."
In 1930, the Western Golf Association and celebrated amateur golfer Charles "Chick" Evans Jr. established the Evans Scholars Foundation. The foundation's mission is to provide full tuition and college scholarships to caddies with limited financial means.
In 1916, Evans rose to fame by becoming the first amateur golfer to win the Western Amateur, Western Open, U.S. Amateur and U.S. Open.
To qualify for the Chick Evans scholarship, caddies must be nominated by their club and meet four requirements:
Strong caddie record: Applicants must have caddied, successfully and regularly, for a minimum of two years.
Excellent academics: Applicants must have completed their junior year of high school with a grade-point average higher than 3.0 in college preparatory courses. They also are required to take the ACT and/or SAT.
Demonstrate financial need: Applicants must clearly establish their need for financial assistance.
Outstanding character: Applicants must be outstanding in character, integrity and leadership.
For more information, visit wgaesf.org/a-life-changing
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