McConnell Scholars

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The McConnell Scholars Program is a prestigious enrichment program aimed at Kentucky residents who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.

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

The program is open to all 2014 high school graduates with a minimum 3.35 GPA. The following must be provided:

  • One essay (500-word maximum) - to address your career goals and thoughts on leadership
  • Resume - to include high achievements, community service, and employment history
  • Two letters of recommendation - one of which must be from a high school teacher

There are 10 awards given each year, and the program has produced more than 150 successful alumni.

The amount of the award will be determined by a selections committee, but typically will include full tuition, and an allowance for room, board and books. Additionally, each scholar will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., a five week study abroad to China and annual leadership retreats.

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

Note: Applicants must at least minor in Political science.

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