OWINGS MILLS, Md. (WJZ) — The BMW Championship at Caves Valley Golf Club is more than just a stop on the PGA Tour. It is also helping some local caddies take the next step in their academic career.

All of the proceeds from the tournament go to benefit the Evans Scholars Foundation, which provides full college tuition and housing for caddies across the country.

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“It pretty much means I have the chance to go to college which has been a dream of mine,” said Varada Maulkhan, one of the latest recipients of the Evans Scholarship who recently graduated from Catonsville High School.

Maulkhan was awarded the scholarship after caddying dozens of rounds at the Baltimore Country Club and at Caves Valley.

Only about 300 caddies across the country are selected for the program based on their academics, financial need and caddy record.

Maulkhan is caddying at the BMW Championship for 14-time PGA Tour winner, Justin Thomas.

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“To be a part of it, it’s a lifetime opportunity for me. I am so happy I get to be part,” she said.
Dulaney High School graduate Rebecca Lannon was also awarded the scholarship.

“I didn’t know what would happen when I applied. I just kind of applied, hoped it would work out and then it did and it’s super cool,” said Lannon.

Both caddies will attend the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall, a new university partner for the Evans Scholar Foundation.

“These two young ladies will be the first Evans Scholars in our history, which is 90 plus years, to be at the University of Maryland and we’re very hopeful that there will be 40 to 50 students there in the very near future,” said John Kaczkowski, President and CEO of Western Golf Association and Evans Scholars Foundation.

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You can learn more about the Evans Scholars Foundation by visiting the Western Golf Association Evans Scholars Foundation website.

Stetson Miller