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Two Shamrocks awarded Evans Scholarship to University of Illinois

Two Saint Patrick High School seniors have received full tuition and housing college scholarships through the Western Golf Association’s Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship to attend University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall.

The scholarships – renewable for up to four years – are awarded to high school seniors who have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need.

The Saint Patrick seniors who received Evans Scholarships this year are Malachy Byrne and Declan Gillespie.

With the addition of these two Shamrocks to the Evans family, Saint Patrick has now had 106 students earn the prestigious scholarship. The school leads the nation in Evans Scholars, with 16 graduates currently receiving a tuition-free education.

Saint Patrick President Dr. Joseph G. Schmidt, AFSC – a past Western Golf Association (WGA) board member – is extremely proud of the efforts he’s seen from St. Pat’s students over the years, and strongly believes that caddying can help young men set themselves up for success later in life.

“Caddying is more than a summer job – it’s an investment in the future,” Schmidt has said. “It’s on the links where caddies are mentored by successful adults, learn life lessons, hone a strong work ethic and take their own shot at opportunity: Earning an Evans Scholarship.”

Both Evans Scholars are grateful for the opportunity the scholarship provides them and their families – and to St. Pat’s for paving the way to their future.

Malachy, who has a sister in her junior year at Lane Tech, says the scholarship is “a huge blessing and dream come true” for him and his family. Without the scholarship, his parents would’ve had to pay for him and his sister to attend college at the same time. With that in mind, he pursued caddying after hearing about it as a freshman at St. Pat’s with the goal of obtaining the scholarship. “If I didn’t go to St. Pat’s, I wouldn’t have gotten the Chick Evans Scholarship,” he said. “Caddying has also taught me better communication skills with adults from all different backgrounds and improved my work ethic.”

Declan says he doesn’t think he would have had the opportunity to attend a school like U of I, where his sister is also an Evans Scholar, without the scholarship. “Every day my mom tells me how proud and happy she is. It means a lot to all of us.” He says caddying is a lot like attending St. Pat’s. “It’s a brotherhood. I made a lot of friends caddying and learned a lot from them.” Declan says St. Pat’s is 100% an investment in your future. “If I didn’t attend St. Pat’s, I wouldn’t have been fortunate enough to learn the lessons I have or get the Evans Scholarship,” he said. “It’s the best place you can be.”

(Pictured left to right)

Declan Gillespie
College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Intended Major: Architecture
Caddy Location: Ridgemoor Country Club
Elementary School: St. Tarcissus

Malachy Byrne

College: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Intended Major: Finance
Caddy Location: Ridgemoor Country Club
Elementary School: Onahan Elementary School

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