Scholarly reward for a conscientious caddie

Love of golf, ambitious goals pave way to Evans payoff for Grafton senior

GRAFTON HIGH SCHOOL senior Sophia Scolman showed her golf caddie bib and a letter of acceptance for the Chick Evans Scholarship, which provides her with $120,000 in tuition and housing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Scolman plans to pursue a double major in environmental science and political science. Photo by Sam Arendt
By 
JOE POIRIER
Ozaukee Press Staff

Grafton High School senior Sophia Scolman has been awarded the coveted Western Golf Association Chick Evans Scholarship, which provides her with a full ride to college.

“I was shocked and humbled that I was accepted to become an Evans Scholar. I really wasn’t expecting to get it,” Scolman said, noting she received the news a few days before Christmas.

The scholarship — which totals $120,000 for four years of college tuition and housing — is given to selected caddies who have been participating in the sport for at least two years.

Scolman has been a caddie since seventh grade at North Shore Country Club in Mequon and more recently at the University Country Club of Milwaukee in Brown Deer.

She will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and plans to pursue a double major in environmental science and political science.

Scolman said she initially hesitated to apply for the scholarship because she didn’t believe she was qualified enough. However, her parents John and Faye and golf club members Brad and Ashley Evans pushed her to throw her hat in the ring.

“My parents would always be willing to drive me to the golf course at 6 in the morning and then would wait to pick me up,” she said, also noting that the Evanses, who aren’t affiliated with the scholarship, offered to read her application and guide her through the interview process.

The application process included obtaining letters of recommendation from club members and a head golf pro. Scolman was then selected to do an online interview that involved a committee of more than 200 people.

“This was the first year that the interview was conducted on Zoom because of the coronavirus pandemic,” she said. “It was a little nerve-racking because I couldn’t see everyone who I was speaking to.”

Scolman said she isn’t a great golfer but enjoys playing with her father, a Grafton School Board member. She is also a diver on the GHS girls’ swimming team and participates in the long jump in track and field.

In addition to sports, Scolman is active in the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club and Health Occupations Students of America program.

Scolman credits Robert Geiger, her former advanced-placement environmental science teacher, with helping develop her interest in environment-related politics.

“There are so many people that have helped me achieve this goal, and there are too many names to thank that have led me through this process,” she said.

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