MGA Evans Scholars of the Year

On Monday, Oct. 30, the Minnesota Golf Association invited our Executive Board to their annual awards dinner. President Jon Delaney and Vice President, New Scholars Jenna Baker were nominated for the Fritz Corrigan Minnesota Evans Scholar of the Year Award. Fritz Corrigan Senior was a long time generous donor of the Minnesota Evans Scholars and is greatly credited with the success and growth of our chapter. The Fritz Corrigan Evans Scholar of the Year award is awarded annually to a Minnesota Evans Scholar for outstanding achievement in academics, leadership and community service.

This year both Jenna and Jon boasted incredible resumes. Barb Hanson, president of the Minnesota Golf Association introduced both candidates:

"Baker is a senior at the University of Minnesota, double-majoring in psychology and family social science, with a 3.8 GPA and on track to graduate summa cum laude. She spent her caddie career at White Bear Yacht Club. In 2016, Baker was elected vice president of New Scholars, responsible for overseeing and advising New Scholars throughout their first year as students at the U. On campus, Baker is working as a research assistant in the ANGST Lab, where they analyze anxiety in an effort to better understand and treat types of mental illness. She interned as a therapist and child program coordinator at the Asian Women United's House of Peace, a shelter for women and children effected by domestic abuse.

She currently is interning with the Lovass Institute, which treats young children on the autism spectrum, and intends to pursue a master's degree and become a certified family and marriage counselor following graduation in the spring of 2018.

Delaney is a senior at the University of Minnesota, with a major in math in the College of Science and Engineering. He has a 3.5 GPA, making the Dean's list the past two semesters. Delaney caddied at Golden Valley Golf and Country Club, where members still request his services. In 2016, he was elected president of the Minnesota Evans Scholars chapter, and is responsible for all operations of the House. In addition to his academic and Evans Scholars responsibilities, Delaney studied abroad in Argentina, and led the U's Triathlon club to a USA Midwest regional championship and a second-place finish overall. Off campus, he has been a marketing intern at PRG Financial, and served as a guide with Wilderness Inquiry, a nonprofit that offers disabled and underserved children an opportunity to experience nature and camp.

Following graduation in the spring of 2018, Delaney is considering a career as an actuary or a math teacher."

After careful consideration, Fritz Corrigan Jr. elected to declare Jenna and Jon co-winners, for the first time in the award's 21-year history.

Congratulations Jenna and Jon! Thank you for representing our chapter and Evans Scholars across the country.