Frank Bencomo-Suarez

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Louisville, KY

Atherton High School, 2014


Major: Physics

Minor: Political Science

Honors Societies

  • Honors Program


  • Trustee Scholarship Recipient
  • 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
  • YMCA Youth Character Award 2013
  • Commonwealth Ambassador

    Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

    • Harlan Scholars
    • McConnell Center Moot Court Team
    • McConnell Center Debate Society

    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

    • A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
    • Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

    "Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam." -Carl Sagan

    BLOG- Frank's reflections on life as a McConnell Scholar