Tyler Bernier, Quinn Pollard receive Evans Scholarship

Tyler Bernier

Tyler Bernier

Best friends Tyler Bernier and Quinn Pollard already caddie and attend high school together at Fairfield Prep.

Now, they’ll both attend college this fall at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as newly awarded recipients of the prestigious Evans Scholarship, a full, four-year tuition and housing scholarship awarded to golf caddies.

The duo, who caddied at Brooklawn Country Club and are seniors at Prep, were chosen following an Evans Scholars Foundation selection meeting in New York City on Feb. 24.

Evans Scholars are chosen based on demonstrating a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

Quinn Pollard

Quinn Pollard

The New York selection meeting was among more than a dozen meetings the Evans Scholars Foundation is holding across the country through the end of March, awarding 250 scholarships in the process.

The Foundation has been supported by the Western Golf Association, headquartered in Golf, Illinois, since 1930. One of golf’s favorite charities, it is among the nation’s largest privately funded, full tuition and housing scholarship programs.

“Based on their excellence in the classroom and their service to their schools and communities, there is little doubt that Tyler and Quinn have earned this life-changing opportunity,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of the WGA and ESF.

“Each caddie has his or her own incredible story of hard work and strength in the face of adversity, and these truly extraordinary young people are more than deserving of this scholarship.”

At Miami University, Tyler and Quinn will join fellow Brooklawn caddie Ari Rexhepaj, a former Fairfield Warde High School student, who was awarded the Evans Scholarship last year.

They will all live together at the Evans Scholarship House on campus. Rexhepaj was the first caddie from the state of Connecticut to be awarded the Evans Scholarship.

“Earning the Evans Scholarship is a once-in-lifetime opportunity, and it is even more amazing to be able to do this with Tyler,” Pollard said. “I am so excited to begin my college career at Miami.”

“Becoming a caddie was one of the best choices I’ve ever made,” said Bernier. “Not only did it encompass my commitment to and love for the game of golf, but I’ve been introduced to successful men and women who have given me valuable advice about my future.”

“We are thrilled for Tyler and for Quinn and most appreciative of the Evans Scholars Foundation’s decision,” said Patrick McCormack, chairman of Brooklawn’s caddie committee. “You couldn’t find two kids more hard-working or more deserving of this great scholarship, and we’re proud to have them represent Brooklawn at Miami.”

More than 10,000 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the Program was founded by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.

Growth on the East Coast is a crucial component of the Evans Scholars Program’s goal to send more than 1,000 caddies to college annually by 2020, at a time when college costs are spiraling upward and a record number of caddies are applying for the Scholarship.

Currently, 870 caddies enrolled at 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars. To help reach their goal of 1,000, leaders are working to expand the program from coast to coast and looking to partner with schools on the East Coast.

Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by more than 26,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the WGA Par Club.

Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $8 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA Tour Playoff events in the PGA Tout’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.

Visit wgaesf.org for more information.

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