Meet the 2011 Lugar Scholars - Melissa Machado

U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar presented Concordia Lutheran High School student Melissa Machado 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.

Machado has demonstrated leadership by serving as treasurer and executive board member of Student Council, a Christian youth group leader, as well as volunteering on youth mission trip and with the Community Harvest Food Bank.  She is a four-year member of her school’s State Finalist Marching Band, Advanced Choir, and drama program.

Machado is a member of the National Thespian Society, the speech team, and the dance team.  She has achieved academic recognition as a National Hispanic Merit Scholar and was chosen to receive the Best Communicator Award in Spanish for the past two school years.

She plans to attend Indiana University and pursue a career in speech pathology.