Evans Scholarship House: New home for Evans Scholars at University of Oregon
By Ron Bellamy
Deavin Brownson has found more than simply a place to live in the new Evans Scholarship House at the University of Oregon.
In the three-story building at the corner of 19th Avenue and University Street, living with 30 other UO students who have earned scholarships through their work as caddies at golf courses in Oregon, Nevada and California, he’s found a family.
“It’s awesome,” said the freshman business major who graduated from the International High School at Sheldon earlier this year. “Living with all these other scholars has been really great. We’ve become a family, almost, or a community of some kind.
“I remember my grandfather saying that when he had the (Evans) scholarship, he didn’t really know the other Evans scholars, let alone make great friendships with them. But being in the same house with everybody has brought us all together and really close, and we’ve grown a really great bond.”
The prestigious college scholarship program for caddies was established in 1930 by famed amateur Charles “Chick” Evans Jr., who in 1916 — 100 years ago — became the first amateur golfer to win the U.S. Open and U.S. Amateur in the same year. In the program, scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, financial need, leadership and character, and caddie performance over at least two summers.