About the Fund for Hoosier Excellence
The Fund for Hoosier Excellence (FHE) was founded in 1983 by U.S. Senator Richard G. Lugar to build an appreciation for academic excellence among minority students, encourage the best and brightest to attend institutions of higher education in Indiana, and to foster their choice of Indiana for careers which will add vigor and breadth to our economy and culture.
The FHE recognizes outstanding achievements of young people at a crucial point in their lives and makes them a part of an esteemed group. Senator Lugar, the alumni and the Board of Directors advocate for the student's success in addition to the financial scholarship they are awarded. In return, they are asked to attend an Indiana college or university, earn a quality education, and use it to provide leadership and mentoring to their communities and the next generation. Lugar Scholars have gone on to excel in a variety of fields and continue to give back to the organization through the alumni network and Board participation.
The FHE has awarded annual scholarships each year since its founding in 1983. This year, it will award ten scholarships to outstanding minority students: two $20,000 scholarships to one boy and one girl and eight $4,000 scholarships. Over the years, the FHE has awarded more than $1.5 million to more than 230 students.
The FHE is grateful to have a diversified support system that includes individuals, companies, foundations, and universities.
Each year the new Lugar Scholars are recognized and awarded their scholarships at the FHE’s annual banquet, hosted by Senator Lugar. This annual event brings together the families of the winning scholars, former Lugar Scholars, Board Members, and sponsors. It is a unique evening where tomorrow's community leaders are recognized and encouraged.
FHE Board of Directors