Frank Bencomo

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Louisville, KY

Atherton High School, 2014


Major: Political Science

Honors Societies

  • University Honors Program


  • Churchill Scholar Awards for Overcoming Adversity and Academic Excellence
  • Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony Award for commitment to understanding and addressing difficult social issues
  • Arctic Ambassador to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada for the Louisville Zoo
  • Commonwealth Ambassador

    Community Service

    • Louisville Zoo, volunteer and member of the Youth Board

    High School

    Frank is a 2014 graduate of Atherton High School, where he was a member of the National Beta Club, the Marine Biology Club, and the President of the National Honors Society. Additionally, Frank was very active, having been a member of the varsity track team, cross country team, and the junior varsity soccer team. He also was a Jefferson County teen court attorney and completed the Summer Law Institute at the University of Louisville. Frank received the silver medal in the National Spanish Exam and the YMCA Youth Character Award for leadership and community service. He was a 2013 Governor’s Scholar.

    Favorite Books and Quotations

    • The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
    • The Old Gringo by Carlos Fuentes
    • The Old Man and The Sea by Earnest Hemingway
    • 1,001 Arabian Nights
    • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    "I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way." -John Paul Johns

    "There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory." -Francis Drake

    "We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light." -Plato