Luminari Award

Dear Luminari Award Applicants,

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2020 Luminari Award Competition. The contest is now complete, and the winner will be revealed in mid-February.

We are thrilled with the results: the record number of applicants, the excitement it has generated, and the many excellent submissions. We would like to thank all of the participants for their enthusiastic response to the challenge and to the teachers, parents and community leaders who encouraged their teens and students to submit an essay on the vital art of diplomacy. We look forward to learning more about each applicant and reading about how they will benefit from attending the I Want to be an Ambassador! program.

The essays we received this year have been extremely impressive, and the Luminari Award Selection Committee will now have the difficult task of determining the winning submission over the next few weeks.

If you missed this year’s deadline to participate in the Luminari Award contest, but would still like to participate in the 2020 I Want to be an Ambassador! camp, please visit to sign up or call 412-877-1888 for more information and to discuss eligibility for financial aid.

Thank you,

Luminari Award Selection Committee:

Sheila Hyland, Operations Manager
Ilene Hurwitz Schwartz, Luminari Treasurer
Kyle Smith, I Want to be an Ambassador! Assistant Director

2019 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Hend Hamada (ESL), Fox Chapel Area School District
Cara Leonardi, Moon Area School District

2018 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Fakhar Almlook Munaf Mohammed (ESL), Carlynton School District
Owen Chaffin, Home School student, Bethel Park School District

2017 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Jesus Chacin (ESL), Avonworth School District
Kailee Monaghan, Canon-McMillan School District

2016 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Hao Nguyen (ESL), Sto-Rox School District
Emily Smith, Propel Schools

 2015 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Vladyslav Makarenko (ESL), Mt. Lebanon School District
Rohit Nandakumar, Fox Chapel Area School District

2014 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Jacob Clark, West Jefferson Hills School District
Zyaire Fisher, Propel Schools
Kaylee Gross, Chartiers Valley School District
David Han, Fox Chapel Area School District
Sydney Reyes, Riverview School District

2013 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Sophie Belch, Riverview School District
Nathan Bindseil, Central Catholic, Diocese of Pittsburgh
Abigail Eberts, Moon Area School District
Shannon Kim, Fox Chapel Area School District
Troy Miles, Propel Schools

2012 Luminari Award Merit Scholars

Rohan Chalasani, Fox Chapel Area School District
Nicolas May, Chartiers Valley School District
Malaysia Meador, Propel Schools
Brandon Quinn, Central Catholic, Diocese of Pittsburgh