Meet the 2011 Lugar Scholars - Jonah Barreto

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented Plainfield High School student Jonah Barreto 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.

Barreto has served as a student tutor, a member of the Model United Nations, and as manager of the women’s tennis team.  He has demonstrated an attitude of service through his involvement with charitable fundraising activities, including the Habitat for Humanity Fun Run and Relay for Life.

Barreto has participated in multiple sports including tennis, basketball, and baseball.  He is also a member of the Science Academic Superbowl team, the Muslim Students Association, DECA, OLAB, the Spanish Club, and the Engineering Club.

Barreto has worked for the IU Public Policy Institute and for Indiana Career Zones.  He plans to attend Indiana University to study computer engineering.