Kyle Hilbrecht

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

Louisville, KY

St. Xavier High School, 2014


Minor: Political Science

Honors Societies

  • University Honors Program


  • Ryken Service Award
  • National Student Athlete for rugby and wrestling
  • Spirit of St. Xavier Award

Community Service

  • Guardian of WWII on two Bluegrass Honor Flights
  • Project Warm
  • Bradford Rehabilitation Program at the InnerView volunteer
  • Christian Awakening Retreat senior retreat leader

High School

Kyle is a 2014 graduate of St. Xavier High School, where he was a peer leader, a freshman mentor, and served on the executive council of the Ryken Service Club. Additionally, Kyle was a participant in the Young Leaders’ Academy, where he was selected as the most outstanding male participant. Kyle also was a member of St. Xavier’s varsity wrestling and rugby teams while also a member of the drama club. He also served on mission trips in Appalachia and participated in the Haiti Project, raising enough money to send a Haitian woman to college.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls by Earnest Hemingway
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

"To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life." -James Thurber

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function." -F. Scott Fitzgerald

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