Lentsch earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville

(June 14, 2014) LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Phillip Lentsch, of Louisville, Ky., has been named a McConnell Scholar at the University of Louisville.
Lentsch earns McConnell scholarship to the University of Louisville

Phillip Lentsch with Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sec. Elaine Chao

Phillip Lentsch, of Louisville, Ky., is one of ten awarded the McConnell Scholarship to the University of Louisville this year.

Lentsch is a 2014 graduate of duPont Manual High School, where he was vice president of the Beta Club, a national AP Scholar with distinction and the recipient of the Wake Forest University Book Award and the YMCA Youth Character Award. Additionally, Lentsch was active in his church, organizing and dancing for the Greek Orthodox Church Annual Festival. He was a 2013 Kentucky Governor’s Scholar.

Only ten graduating seniors from across Kentucky have been named McConnell Scholars this year. “This is a very accomplished class of Kentucky students,” said Dr. Gary Gregg, director of the McConnell Center. “We are very excited about the quality of young leaders who will be joining us next year and are optimistic about what it says for the future of our Commonwealth.”

The McConnell Scholarship guarantees a full tuition scholarship to UofL and allows students to meet today’s most influential leaders, interact with national experts, take part in small group leadership seminars, intern in Washington, D.C., and study abroad in the People’s Republic of China. U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, together with the University of Louisville, founded the nonpartisan scholarship program in 1991 to benefit Kentucky’s best and brightest students.

In its first 23 years, the Center has given more than $3 million in scholarship money to more than 200 students, mentored them to compete for elite national graduate scholarships, and helped them travel the world.

As McConnell Scholars, Lentsch and his classmates will travel across the Commonwealth and the nation as they explore American history, develop their leadership skills and prepare for a lifetime of service. Lentsch and his classmates will visit China the summer following their junior year for an extended summer study and cultural immersion.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as a McConnell Scholar,” said Gregg. “We know Phillip will be successful at the University of Louisville and in providing leadership to our Commonwealth in the years ahead.”