Waverley Historic Foundation
As one of the first golf clubs in the West, significant chapters of golf's heritage have been written at Waverley, including the earliest U.S. International Golf Match, the first Oregon Amateur Golf Championship, and seven USGA Championships over the years.
The game's best ambassadors are part of our history, and revered traditions like the green jacket presentation at The Masters are said by some to have originated here.
In addition to honoring the past, we also invest heartily in golf's future, supporting generations in and around the game, from Evans Caddie Scholars to tomorrow's touring professionals, continuing our foundational role promoting amateur golf in the Pacific Northwest.
The Waverley Historic Foundation was formed to preserve the rich history and traditions of Waverley Country Club by providing resources to fund historical preservation, promote amateur golf and engage in other appropriate charitable activities. The IRS has granted 501(c)(3) status to the Foundation. Receipts for tax deductible contributions will be provided donors.
In 2012, Waverley's Board of Directors authorized the creation of the Waverley Historic Foundation.
"The Corporation is organized exclusively for charitable or educational purposes, within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986m as amended, including without limitation to preserve and exhibit golf history and artifacts, to promote amateur golf and to provide education and support for applicable charitable and educational purposes."
Oregon Articles of Incorporation | Waverley Historic Foundation
Waverley & the Evans Scholars Program
Please click links below for an overview of the following:
- Alison Olson, Waverley Evans Scholar | Waverley' Caddie Program Article
- Evans Scholarship Foundation Overview
- Waverley's Evans Scholars
Waverley Country Club has long been a strong supporter of the Evans Scholars Program (see description below). Waverley has more Evans Alumni (44) than any other club in the Pacific Northwest and currently has several scholarship winners attending Oregon universities:
- Nicole Dolin - University of Oregon
- Matthew Parker - University of Oregon
- Michael Gritzmacher – Oregon State University – Senior, Civil Engineering major
- Jacquelyn Ritacco – University of Oregon – Junior, International Studies major
- Cooper Roberts – Oregon State University – Junior, Nutrition major
- William Tooze – University of Oregon – Sophomore, Biology major
Nationally, growth of the Program is threatened by steadily rising costs of college tuition and housing that is surpassing the rate of inflation. At the same time the Program has received a record number of applications. To optimize their budget, the Program has built a number of Scholarship Houses throughout the country. These facilities house the Evans Scholars while they are attending school. Currently, there are Scholarship Houses at the following Universities:
Colorado Illinois Indiana Marquette
Miami Michigan Michigan State Minnesota
Missouri Northern Illinois Northwestern Ohio State
The Program is currently planning for another Scholarship House in the Pacific Northwest. The finalists are the University of Oregon and Oregon State University.
Waverley's Board of Directors recently transferred fundraising responsibility for this worthwhile cause to the Waverley Historic Foundation. The Foundation desires to increase the level of funding and will pursue initiatives designed to accomplish this purpose.
The Evans Scholars Program
The Evans Scholars Program provides full tuition and housing scholarships to deserving caddies across the country. The idea was conceived in 1929 by famed golfer Charles "Chick" Evans, who asked the Western Golf Association (WGA), located in Chicago, Illinois, to administer the program. The first two Evans Scholars enrolled at Northwestern University in 1930. When the funds provided by Evans were exhausted, the WGA Directors perpetuated the program by funding it through personal contributions. By the early 1940s, the Program was growing, and this funding process proved inadequate. That is when the WGA began to solicit funds outside the Association.
Currently, 855 caddies are attending college on Evans Scholarships and there are more than 9,400 Evans Alumni nationwide. All recipients are expected to live up to the high standards in scholarship and leadership and to continue the tradition of excellence for which the program is known. The Program's funding comes from contributions made by more than 100,000 donors across the country. Total cumulative contributions has surpassed $50 million. In addition, the Evans Scholarship program is the sole beneficiary of the annual BMW Championship, the third of four events in the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedEx Cup. This event has contributed nearly $50 million to the Program since its inception.
The affairs of the Foundation are managed by an independent Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, at its discretion, may appoint Advisory Boards of one or more persons to provide advice and assistance to the Board.
Board of Directors
Bill Reilly, Jr., Chairman of the Board
Fred Buckman, Sr., Vice Chairman
Denise Molendyk, Secretary | Treasurer