Two H-F High seniors selected Evans Scholars

Homewood-Flossmoor High School seniors Michael Grupp and Madelyn Fitzgerald have been selected Chick Evans Scholars by the Western Golf Association.
Michael Grupp
  Michael Grupp
 

The Evans Scholarship is valued at an estimated $120,000 over four years. It covers tuition and room and board. Grupp and Fitzgerald were among 20 scholarship winners this year based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics,  demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.

“Their dedication, hard work and sacrifice is humbling, and we are honored to be able to help them pursue their dreams,” said WGA Chairman Frank Morley.

Grupp is the son of Mary and Victor Grupp of Flossmoor. He started caddying at Olympia Fields Country Club as a sophomore at the suggestion of older friends who told him caddying was a good summer job. 

Most mornings in the summer, Grupp was an early riser so he could caddy the morning rounds.  

“At Olympia you always meet someone interesting,” he said.

At H-F, Grupp played on the varsity hockey team as a forward right winger. He also was a member of the National Honor Society. The Evans Committee assigned Grupp to the University of Kansas.

Madelyn Fitzgerald
  Madelyn Fitzgerald
 

Fitzgerald is the daughter of Scott and Christine Fitzgerald of Homewood.
 
Fitztgerald followed in the footsteps of her older brother, Ian.  He had also caddied at Idlewild and was selected an Evans Scholar. She started caddying after her freshman year at H-F.
 
“I think the best thing about caddying is that it prepares you for the professional sphere, talking to older successful people face to face and building connections with them presents opportunities,” she said.
 
At H-F, Fitzgerald is part of the International Baccalaureate Program, plays in the orchestra, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Tri—M Music National Honor Society. She will be attending the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
 
Currently, a record 985 caddies are enrolled in 18 universities across the nation as Evans Scholars, and more than 10,830 caddies have graduated as Evans Scholars since the program was founded in 1930 by famed Chicago amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr.
 
Scholarship funds come mostly from contributions by 32,000 golfers across the country, who are members of the Evans Scholars Par Club program. Evans Scholars Alumni donate more than $10 million annually, and all proceeds from the BMW Championship, the third of four PGA TOUR Playoff events in the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup competition, are donated to the Evans Scholars Foundation.
 

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