Thirteen high school students from Colorado have been awarded a full scholarship at the University of Colorado at Boulder as part of their golfer activities.
The Chick Evans Scholarship of the Western Golf Association – the largest privately funded scholarship program – will provide 280 students with housing and courses for 18 years in 18 universities across the country, according to a press release.
Scholarship eligibility includes "a strong record, excellent academics, a clear financial need and exceptional character".
The 13 Colorado students from cities like Aurora, Holyoke, Highlands Ranch, Basalt and Denver met at the Lakewood Country Club in February for their selection.
"We were fortunate to have 13 extraordinary candidates from across the state of Colorado and it was the first year that we had more women than men," said Geoff Solich, senior director WGA in the state of Colorado. "The Evans Scholarship Program will forever change the lives of these young men and women and I am honored to be one of them."
Carmen Garcia, a student at St. Mary's Academy, was a caddy at the Cherry Hills Country Club for four years. Garcia, a first-generation American, earned a GPA of 3.9, is a member of the National Honor Society, played in the school's lacrosse team, participated in Model United Nations and the team of robotics management.
Garcia plans to study business at CU Boulder. The Boulder campus currently has 59 enrolled Evans researchers and 479 program alumni. The Evans Fellows live together in a house just off the CU campus.
The Evans Scholarship is estimated at $ 120,000 over four years. The scholarship funds come largely from the contributions of 32,000 Evans Scholars Par Club golfers across the country. Former Fellows also make more than $ 10 million a year, according to the press release.
"With a university education, I want to give the example to the Latinas who come after me," said Carmen. "I want to get up individually and inspire other Latinas to pursue college education."