WESTMONT – Megan Devine knows the struggles of learning disabilities.
The 18-year-old Westmont resident grew up with “a few” of them, but you wouldn’t know it today. That’s because when she graduates in a few weeks, she will leave Westmont High School as an honors student with a full-ride scholarship to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
“I worked really hard, and my parents and teachers pushed me,” said Devine, a member of the school’s National Honor Society who earned a 4.0 grade-point average last semester.
“It took me awhile, but I just always tried to aim higher than my peers, and I really have overcome it since high school.”
Devine’s full ride will come through the Evans Scholarship Foundation, which awards 240 full tuition and housing college scholarships annually to golf caddies across the country based on four criteria: a strong caddie record, excellent academics, demonstrated financial need and outstanding character.
“I screamed,” Devine said when asked her reaction to finding out she would be an Evans Scholar. “It is really going to help our family.”
Devine’s older brother, Kiel, was an Evans Scholar. He encouraged his sister to be a caddie like him. She has caddied at Hinsdale Golf Club for the past four years.
“I really enjoy the atmosphere of a golf course, working with golfers and being outside,” she said.
But perhaps what’s most impressive about Devine is the work she hopes to do while at U of I. She’s planning to major in special education.
“I want to help other people who had trouble learning, just like I did,” she said.