Skokie, Ill., resident and Niles West High School senior Ashweita Ajith has had her college aspirations open up in the wake of being honored with a Chick Evans Scholarship.
Ajith, who was a recipient of the scholarships late in 2016, was concerned if she would be able to find the funds to go to college, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
The Indian American’s mother Shaila earned her associate degree in respiratory therapy when the younger Ajith was in sixth grade, inspiring her to achieve a college degree, the report said.
The Evans scholarship provides a full-tuition grant and housing for select caddies for four years and is awarded annually by the Evans Scholars Foundation.
Ajith was 8 when her family, including a twin sister, older brother, mother and father, moved from India to the United States for more opportunities.
"Most importantly, we moved because of the schooling, the personal teaching experience, and the variety of schooling available was appealing to us," Ajith said in the Tribune report.
Her father died of liver failure in 2014.
Ajith is matriculating to Indiana University in the fall and plans to study to become a neurosurgeon, the report said.