Tara O'Malley & Hayley Stepek Named 2018 Chick Evans Scholars
Mother McAuley Students Named Chick Evans Scholars
April 23, 2018 (Chicago, Ill.) – Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School is proud to announce that Tara O’Malley (Beverly) and Hayley Stepek (Oak Lawn) have been named 2018 Chick Evans Scholars.
“I am beyond grateful and excited for this amazing opportunity I have been given,” said Tara O’Malley, who will be attending the University of Illinois in the fall. “This scholarship means everything to me! I am so grateful for all of the people who have helped me along the way, I could not have done it without them.” O’Malley caddies at Beverly Country Club.
The Chick Evans Caddie Scholarship is a full tuition and housing college scholarship for golf caddies that is renewable for up to four years. Each year, more than 960 deserving caddies across the country attend college on a four-year scholarship from the Evans Scholar Foundation. Only 30 percent of Chick Evans Scholars are girls. Selected applicants must have a strong caddie record, excellent grades, outstanding character and demonstrated financial need.
Since 1930, when the first two Evans Scholars enrolled at Northwestern University, more than 10,600 outstanding young men and women have been awarded Evans Scholarships. Most recipients attend one of the 14 universities across the nation where the Evans Scholars Foundation operates a Scholarship House.
“I know that this scholarship will not only open doors for my college education, but also my future career,” said Hayley Stepek. “My education and my faith are things that I’ve always prided myself on and I cannot wait for this next journey in my life to unfold. I’m incredibly blessed to be surrounded by so many positive and uplifting people who have led me to this point in my life: my mom, grandparents, teachers, friends, and especially my second family at Ridge Country Club.” Stepek will be attending Miami University in Ohio in the fall.
Both students are actively involved in clubs and organizations at Mother McAuley. O’Malley is a member of The National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Students Ambassadors and Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD). She also plays basketball and lacrosse, and runs cross country. Stepek is a peer minister and a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, and plays soccer. She is also involved in the peer ministry group at her parish, Queen of Martyrs.