McConnell Scholarship Application Deadline

Open to all 2019 Kentucky high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 GPA.

The McConnell Scholars Program is a prestigious four-year undergraduate enrichment program aimed at Kentucky residents who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and are committed to the principles of scholarship, leadership and service.

Recipients develop leadership skills through liberal arts seminars, great book discussions, domestic and international travel and  internships and a variety of networking opportunities. Past participants have met world leaders including two sitting presidents, three Supreme Court Justices, six Secretaries of State, and numerous U.S. Senators, ambassadors and leaders of foreign nations.

The following must be provided:

  • Essay (not to exceed 750 words): Each year McConnell Scholars meet with local, state and national leaders.  If you could meet anyone, past or present, who would you choose, and what would you ask them?
  • Resume - should include high achievements, community service, and employment history
  • Two letters of recommendation - one of which must be from a high school teacher

Application and materials are due December 15.

There are 10 awards given each year, and the program has produced more than 250 successful alumni.

The amount of the award will be determined by a selections committee, but typically will include full in-state tuition and an allowance for room, board and books. Additionally, each scholar will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., an extended study abroad to China and annual leadership retreats throughout Kentucky. In addition, each Scholar may apply for funding to support individual travel and internship plans.

On-campus interviews last two days and are typically held the last week of February or the first week of March.

Note: Applicants must at least minor in political science.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Ekstrom Library, McConnell Center
2215 S. 3rd Street , Louisville, Kentucky 40208

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Sherry Allen

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