Megan O'Neill

Work by Megan O'Neill

Ever since she was 9 years old, Megan O'Neill knew she wanted to design buildings. But as an undergraduate student at another university, she was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a rare disorder that is causing her to lose her hearing and sight.

She returned to St. Louis to be closer to her family, and transferred to the Sam Fox School's College of Architecture, where she says the faculty have been instrumental in helping her explore all of her options for a career in architecture. As a senior, O'Neill completed an independent study on how to improve campus buildings to assist people with disabilities, and plans to earn a master's degree in architecture so she can become a teacher and consultant.

"When you have a passionate dream, it means so much when someone helps you achieve it," O'Neill says. "The study of architecture is very intense, and I am very grateful that my scholarship has given me the freedom to learn and accomplish more than I ever imagined."

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