Jacob Mosley was never an ordinary caddie.
In 2007, as his family struggled with chaos caused by eviction and homelessness, the 13-year-old learned about a scholarship, funded by the Western Golf Association, that paid for caddies to attend college free of cost, People reports in an exclusive story. Mosley immediately applied for a job at a golf course in his Michigan town, with an eye on the future.
Once he became a caddie, his work ethic—especially for a seventh grader—was unparalleled. For two years, he kept a caddie manual in his pocket, constantly asked questions and took notes throughout training. Mosley’s determination to win the scholarship impressed his boss, who noted that he had never seen anyone so focused on achieving his goals.
When Mosley first applied for the Evans scholarship as a high school senior, he came up short. But the teen’s persistence could not be so easily broken, and he refused to be deterred. He started his freshman year at Michigan State, taking out student loans to pay his way, and as a sophomore the scholarship accepted him.
“I’m not one to give up,” he said.
Today Mosley is a senior at Michigan State, where he studies marketing. Eight years later, he still attributes his success to his early mornings working on the golf course.
“Caddying saved my life,” he said.