Meet the 2010 Lugar Scholars

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented Zionsville High School student Valeria Fonseca with a four-year $20,000 college scholarship on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at an Indianapolis banquet honoring outstanding minority high school seniors from across the state.


Given through the Fund for Hoosier Excellence (FHE), ten high school African-American, Native American or Hispanic seniors are named Lugar Scholars each year. Eight $4,000 scholarships are awarded and two $20,000 scholarships are awarded, one each to a boy and a girl. Each recipient must study at an Indiana college or university.

Fonseca, fluent in Spanish upon entering high school, is currently mastering French. She is one of five officers of the French National Honor Society and was chosen by IU to participate in their French honors program. As a result, she spent seven weeks last summer living with a native family in Brest, France.

Fonseca is also involved in Ekom, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club, and the girls’ doubles tennis team.

Fonseca was selected to be the Editor-in-Chief of her high school’s award-winning school newspaper, The Harbinger, and she has been selected as an AP Scholar and is a recipient of the IU Honors Program Award of Excellence. She is considering a career in journalism or international relations