Phillip Lentsch

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

 Louisville, KY

duPont Manual High School, 2014


Major(s): Political Science, Communication

Minor(s): Psychology

Honors Societies

  • University of Louisville Honors Program
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society
  • Society of Professional Journalists
  • Vogt Scholar


  • YMCA Youth Character Award
  • KMAC Poetry Slam 4-Time Champion
  • Published, KY Center for Investigative Reporting

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Co-Founder/Director, Young Poets Ambassador Program
  • Coordinator, KMAC Poetry Slam
  • Team Mentor, Inspire Kentucky
  • Program Mentor, Kentucky Reimagine
  • News Editor, The Louisville Cardinal (2015-17)
  • Student Reporter, The Tab (2015-16)
  • Student Activities Board Campus Life Committee (2014-17)
  • Editor, The White Squirrel Poetry Editor (2014-16)

Community Service

  • YMCA Soccer Coach
  • Cochran Elementary Cardinal Club Tutor
  • Project WARM
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries
  • House of the Innocents
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • World Festival

Internships and Work Experience

  • Marketing/Sale Intern, Insider Louisville 
  • Gill Holland for Metro Council Campaign 
  • McConnell Center Public Relations Assistant
  • Inspire Kentucky Team Mentor
  • Mockingbird Valley Soccer Coach/Referee 
  • Kentucky Kingdom Public Safety Officer 

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
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

"A man who procrastinates in his choosing will inevitably have his choice made for him by circumstance." -Hunter S. Thompson

"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self." -Cyril Connolly

"Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect." -Mark Twain

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