Making his childhood dreams come true, Bishop Noll senior Michael Quintero has been awarded the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, which covers four years of undergraduate tuition, plus a yearly book stipend, for any public or private Indiana college or university.
Michael was one of only six Lake County students and 143 Indiana students total to receive the scholarship, which is given by the Legacy Foundation.
Quintero is captain of the basketball and cross country teams at Bishop Noll. He is a Eucharist Minister at St. John the Baptist and volunteers throughout his community, including at Phyre Ministry and Pierogi Fest.
“Michael’s résumé speaks volumes of his character,” said BNI Principal Lorenza Jara Pastrick. “His four years of hard work are evident in this accomplishment. He’s an exemplary student who I hope sets the stage for other students to follow.”
Michael, of Hessville, attended St. Catherine of Siena and St. John Bosco schools prior to joining the Bishop Noll family.
That family atmosphere is what makes his high school special, he said.
“After finding out that I was the recipient from Noll and I was going to have to go against 24 other recipients, I began to feel doubtful. On top of that, with my grandpa passing, I felt like I had no chance of winning. But everyone at Bishop Noll – the faculty, administration, the office, teachers, and students – all had faith in me. They would always tell me good luck and that I was going to win. Little did they know how much of a confidence boost this was for me because I was not too confident in myself because of the recent death. Thanks to the family atmosphere and support here at BNI, I was able to accomplish this and win.”
He said all his teachers helped him on the journey and gave special shout outs to Admissions Director Mrs. Nancy Repay and Campus Minister Ms. B for writing the recommendation letters for him. English teacher Ms. Rose Mullaney, a Lilly Scholar herself, kept him focused and helped him throughout the process. She made him believe he could achieve this dream, he said.