Elder High School seniors Collier and Devlin Smith and Paxton Kelley were recently awarded full, four-year college grants through the Evans Scholars Foundation which administers the nation’s largest scholarship program for golf caddies. They were three of just twenty-nine high school caddies from the state of Ohio to receive awards as announced following a final selection meeting held at Kenwood Country Club on January 5th. Paxton’s brother Duncan, a 2016 graduate of Elder, also received a three-year grant for his remaining time at Ohio State University.
Each caddie reflects the scholarship’s four selection criteria: a strong caddie record; excellent academics, demonstrated financial need; and outstanding character. The scholarship is valued at more than $100,000 over four years.
The Smith brothers have caddied over 100 rounds of golf at Western Hills Country Club and have accumulated fine academic records at Elder. They are involved in Elder’s Pro-Life Club, Key Club, student council, and Glee Club. Collier (pictured center) was named Caddie-of-the-Year in 2016, and Devlin (far right) was Rookie Caddie-of-the-Year in 2014. Collier plans to study chemical engineering at Ohio State University while Devlin studies accounting at Miami University in Oxford. They are the sons of Dennis and Ellen Smith of Green Township.
Paxton Kelley (far left) is also a standout student at Elder who is very active in the school’s Glee Club and student council, and he captains the swim team. Outside of school, he swims for his club team, lifeguards at a couple of local pools, and has caddied nearly 100 rounds of golf at Western Hills Country Club. He has been accepted into the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University. He and Duncan are the sons of Deron and Kim Kelley of West Price Hill. Duncan is double-majoring in political science and international studies with a minor in Russian at Ohio State University.
“With the Evans Scholarship, our sons are afforded the life-changing opportunity to attend a premium school and receive an outstanding education. In addition, they are also welcomed into the Evans Family and, as a parent, to know that they are and will be part of such a fine organization helps in seeing them go off to school.”
-- Mr. Deron Kelley
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The Evans Scholarship for caddies was established in 1930 by the Western Golf Association and celebrated amateur golfer Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., who wanted to give back to the great game of golf after he retired. The very first Evans Scholars received scholarships of $150 per year to Northwestern University in Chicago. Today, the program has grown to a record 935 caddies enrolled at 20 different universities across the nation as Evans Scholars.
Elder grads Anthony Bauer, Holden Kelley (Paxton and Duncan’s older brother), and Sam Maciejewski, all from the class of 2014, are current Evans Scholars at Ohio State University where Maciejewski serves as president of the Evans Chapter House and Kelley serves as vice president. Ryan Bengel (Elder 2016) is also an Evans Scholar currently at Miami University.