The Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club’s caddie program proudly introduced its newest Evans Scholar. Preston Nowak, a senior at Grand Blanc High School, has been awarded a full tuition and housing scholarship to attend Michigan State University in the fall of 2017 in the pursuit of a degree in finance. He is the son of Barbara Bye of Grand Blanc and John Nowak of Redford, MI, and brother to Megan Bye and the late Brendan Bye. This scholarship is made available to Warwick Hills caddies who have demonstrated a strong caddie record, a high level of academic achievement, financial need, outstanding character and school/community involvement.
This four-year scholarship has an average value of $100,000 and is partially funded by Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club members participating in the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Of note, 30 of Warwick Hills’ caddies have been awarded this prestigious scholarship through the years.
The Evans Scholars Foundation is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Golf, IL, that awards college scholarships to caddies. Since its creation in 1930 by famed amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans, Jr. and with financial support from the Western Golf Association, the Evans Scholars Foundation has enabled more than 10,400 caddies to receive college degrees. Today, the Evans Scholars Foundation has become one of golf’s favorite charities. Par Club members nationwide contribute annually in Chick’s honor to the Evans Scholars Program so that the Western Golf Association can continue to meet tuition and housing costs of the award recipients.
“This award means a great deal to me. I feel that I have done right by my family after all the sacrifices that they have made for me.” —Preston Nowak
Preston Nowak, who has been caddying for five years, has been a valuable asset to the Warwick Hills caddie program. “I became interested in caddying in middle school when it was advertised as a possible summer job,” he says. “I also knew it could lead to a full tuition and housing scholarship opportunity that was available to caddies.” In addition to helping train new caddies and assisting in the Bag Room, Nowak led all caddies in “loops” (rounds of golf) and was named the Caddie of the Year at Warwick Hills last year. Nowak consistently demonstrated a level of commitment and work ethic that made it easy for the golf staff to recommend that he be a candidate for this award.
In a moment of reflection, Nowak says, “Knowing that I set my mind towards a goal five years ago to get the scholarship and to have now obtained it, this award means a great deal to me. I feel that I have done right by my family after all the sacrifices that they have made for me.”