Meet the 2011 Lugar Scholars - Iman Cooper

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented International School of Indiana student Iman Cooper with a four-year $4,000 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.

Cooper has demonstrated leadership through her participation in the Model United Nations, Model European Union, Student Leadership Diversity Conference, Black Expo Youth Entrepreneurial Workshop, and the Lafayette Square Area Youth Council.

Cooper is also the founder of Reading Room, a program she describes as “utilizing high achieving minority students…to provide relatable mentors to inner city elementary students.”  She has participated in numerous school theater productions throughout her high school career, and additionally has served as a member of the Literary Arts Club, the Diversity Club, and the Timmy Club.

Cooper plans to pursue a career in International Development or Medicine, and plans to attend Earlham College.