Sussex student Molly Schmidt turns caddy job into a full ride to Wisconsin

Posted at 10:32 PM, May 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-12 12:02:21-04

Molly Schmidt is a Sussex Hamilton High School senior, who caddies. 

"I've always loved the outdoors and I have three older brother's who started caddying. So when my turn came around I figured why not I should caddy too," said Molly Schmidt, Milwaukee native, and local caddy. 

Molly may have started to caddy as a way to make some extra cash, but this part-time job has turned into a life-changing scholarship. 

"The Evans Scholarship was formed by an amateur golfer named chick evens, who back in the early 1900's was an amateur golfer and a caddy himself. He decided to take all the money that he won from these golf tournaments and start a scholarship for caddies," said Jim Grogan, WGA Director, and former Evan Scholarship recipient. 

As one of 20 Wisconsinites receiving the Evans Scholarship this year, Molly will study biochemistry; pursuing her dream of becoming a pediatric pharmacist. 

"Still people that I talk to about it are like what is caddying, can I do that? Can I get a full ride? It just holds a great piece in my heart to know that people believe in me as much as I believe in myself," said Molly. 

Becoming an Evans Scholar is just a small piece of Molly's incredible story of perseverance. She also plays softball, a sport she picked up her freshman year, after suddenly losing her father.

"I think she just tried to find a way to stay busy. That's what helped her get through the grieving process. We have a strong faith and she knows she will see her dad again one day," said Rose Schmidt, Molly's mother. 

Whether it be academics, softball, or caddying Molly has always and will continue to strive for greatness. 

She knows she has a family here to make proud and a guardian angel who can't wait to see what she accomplishes next. 

"He would want the best for me, and I know that's what I've given," said Molly.