Meet the 2011 Lugar Scholars - Ariel Magallon

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented Highland High School student Ariel Magallon with a four-year $20,000 college scholarship on Sunday, May 1, 2011, 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.

Magallon has received multiple academic awards, including acceptance into the National Honor Society, the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and has been named to both the All State and All Conference Academic Teams.

Magallon has participated in Spanish Club, Spanish Honor Society, the Art Honor Society, the varsity softball and volleyball teams. 

Her outstanding leadership skills have led her to be named as captain of the softball team, captain of the Science Olympiad team, Student Council Representative, Student Council Treasurer, and Vice President of her Senior Class.  Magallon volunteers at Munster Community Hospital, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and serves as a mass lector and altar server at her church.

She plans to study biology and pre-med in pursuit of a medical career.