Phillip Lentsch

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Louisville, KY

duPont Manual High School, 2014


Major(s): Political Science, English

Minor: Anthropology

Honors Societies

  • University Honors Program


  • National AP Scholar with Distinction
  • St. John's Oratorical Speech Contest National participant and winner
  • Wake Forest University Book Award
  • YMCA Youth Character Award

Community Service

  • Ronald McDonald House, volunteer
  • Eastern Area Community Ministries worker
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • World Fest volunteer and Ethnic Dance participant

High School

Phillip is a 2014 graduate of duPont Manual High school, where he was an all-A honor roll student, served as the school’s Beta Club vice president, and won English Student of the Year. He also was an active member of the mock trial team and the Louisville Youth Poetry Slam, where he was an award-winning member. Phillip participated in awareness walks for juvenile diabetes and breast cancer research, while also an avid event organizer for his Greek Orthodox Church and a regular volunteer for the Home of the Innocents. He was a 2013 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"Dream big and dare to fail." -Norman Vaughan

"Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration, and 2% attention to detail." -Phil Dunphy in "Modern Family"

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