CHAMPAIGN - Amy Devitt, a 2015 graduate of Mendota High School, is one of two University of Illinois seniors chosen to receive the Jean F. Hill Award. This award recognizes exceptional seniors from under-represented populations who have demonstrated outstanding campus leadership and overcome significant personal obstacles to earn their degrees.
The recognition, which includes a monetary award, was presented on April 26. Devitt was nominated by MHS alum Brady Hughes, who currently works at U of I managing study abroad programs. “Amy is very involved as a member of the Student Alumni Ambassadors and as a leader of the largest chapter of the American Advertising Federation in the country,” Hughes said. “We’ve known each other since childhood, growing up together in Mendota and I served as a peer mentor to her through an honors program when we were both students here.”
Associate Dean of Students Jean F. Hill was renowned for her commitment to students facing especially difficult problems during her 28 years of service and was particularly committed to students from under-represented populations. Former students, friends and colleagues established this award upon her retirement in 1986 to honor her contributions to U of I.