Meet the 2011 Lugar Scholars - Mario Hoyos

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented Elkhart Central High School student Mario Hoyos 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.

Hoyos has been recognized with many academic honors, including being selected as an AP Chemistry Student of the Year, U.S. History Student of the Year, and being recognized as a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

He has participated in National Honor Society, SSAC, and served as an athlete on both the varsity soccer and track teams. He has demonstrated leadership as a member of his school’s Student Council since 2008 and as captain of the soccer team.  He also serves as a volunteer tutor at his school.

Hoyos plans to attend Purdue University to study pharmacy.