LA GRANGE PARK – The Chick Evans legacy at Nazareth Academy continues.
Seniors Citlalli Cazales and Anahi Marquez have earned Chick Evans Caddie Scholarships.
The scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years.
“The entire Nazareth Academy community congratulates Citlalli and Anahi on this honor,” Principal Therese Hawkins said in a news release. “These two outstanding young women completely embody the values of scholarship, service, spirit and unity that we value so highly at Nazareth. We have no doubt that they will represent the Evans Scholars in a most excellent manner.”
The Evans Scholars Foundation offers the award to about 200 scholars each year. Most attend one of the 14 universities where the Evans Scholars Foundation owns and operates a scholarship house. At those houses, students live and work together cooperatively.
Recipients must display a strong caddie record, excellent grades and outstanding character. According to the Western Golf Association, Evans Scholars require excellence in “scholarship, fellowship and leadership,” requirements which align with Nazareth’s mission.
While neither senior has made her final decision on where to attend college, both are grateful for the opportunities this scholarship opens.
“The Evans scholarship means that my hard work has truly paid off and I will be able to earn a higher education without the worries of financial burdens,” Marquez said.
Cazales said she represents the first generation of her family to not only graduate high school, but to attend college.
“Having the opportunity to go to college on the Evans will be a token of gratitude to my parents who have truly sacrificed everything for my sister and me to receive an education in the U.S.,” she said. “Earning the Evans will also allow me to become a much better role model for my sister, something I strive to be every day. I want her to realize that her heritage, her gender, or her family income cannot and will not be hindrances in order to receive an education. We all have the ability to make our own path and actively participate in shaping our future.”
To receive the award, Marquez and Cazales had to fill out a written application and answer questions in a press-conference style interview with Western Golf Association members.
“Knowing I had the support of an entire community and family at Nazareth soothed the nervousness during the application process,” Marquez said.
The scholarships will be formally presented during the Nazareth Awards Assembly in May.
Cazales has caddied at River Forest Country Club in Elmhurst for the past three summers. She is an honors student, Illinois State Scholar, and a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. At Nazareth she is involved in Youth Initiative, Diversity Club, Italian Club and JustUs. She plans to major in forensic psychology and progress into a career of service thanks to the passion she has developed for social justice in high school.
“When I think about the hopeful future of college with the Evans, I realize how much more than financial aid it is,” Cazales said. “This scholarship is a valuable education, as well as an entire life-changing experience. Receiving the Evans allows me to show the drive and determination I have to continue my studies at one of the distinguished institutions while having a positive impact on myself and the school.
“Moreover, earning the Evans will also allow me to have a community going into college. This community will be able to give me guidance and knowledge in taking the new responsibilities of being a college student.”
Marquez is an honors student at Nazareth who is actively involved in campus life, including student council, National Honor Society, National English Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She is a leader in Roadrunner Club, Operation Snowball, marching band, the school newspaper and is co-president of Nazareth’s Service Team.
Marquez has been a caddie for the past three years at Oak Park Country Club through the Daniel Murphy Caddie Program. She plans to live up to the Chick Evans ideals “by remaining who I am as I grow and discover my interest and hopefully bring the lessons I’ve learned back to my community in order to improve it.”
She added that the faculty and staff at Nazareth Academy were instrumental in her receiving the Evans.
“With the guidance of spectacular staff and teachers, Nazareth helped me grow as an individual while allowing me the space to make mistakes and learn,” she said.