Southview High School senior Samuel Sanders was the only Sylvania student recently awarded the Chick Evans Scholarship, which is valued at more than $80,000 over four years. The Evans Scholars are chosen based on a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need, and outstanding character.
After writing an initial essay, Sanders was chosen as a finalist for the scholarship, which then led him to a very unique interview. “It was set up like a press conference,” he stated. The interview, which ultimately determined that he would receive the scholarship, was held at Scioto Country Club in Columbus, where he spoke at a podium in front of nearly 80 club representatives. Though Sanders confessed to being nervous, he said a funny moment broke the tension when one of the representatives found out that he could unicycle. “They were impressed with that,” he said.
Sanders, who has caddied at the Sylvania Country Club for the past four years, stated that his brother also received the scholarship four years ago. In fact, according to Sanders it was his brother who taught him a lot about being a caddy and that they’ve worked together as caddies for several years. With his eye set on Miami University in Oxford and pursuing a degree in biomedical engineering with hopes to later attend dental school, Sanders has a lot on his plate but he isn’t quite ready to give up caddying, “I’ll caddy whenever I come back. For the summers definitely.”