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The McConnell Scholarship is open to graduating high school Kentucky residents with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants must have demonstrated a capacity for intellectual and public leadership. The following must be provided:The McConnell Scholarship is open to graduating high school Kentucky residents with a minimum 3.5 GPA. Applicants must have demonstrated a capacity for intellectual and public leadership. The following must be provided:
- Two (2) applications:
- Essay (not to exceed 500 words): Please react to President Harry S Truman's assertion below by discussing at least three (3) important leadership or life lessons you have discovered in your reading of books, newspapers, essays or poetry:
- "Readers of good books, particularly books of biography and history, are preparing themselves for leadership. Not all readers become leaders. But all leaders must be readers." - Harry S Truman, from The Autobiography of Harry S Truman
- Two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a high school teacher
Scholarships are awarded to talented, deserving high school seniors and to a geographically diverse group of students from the Commonwealth. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership and communication skills, outstanding grades and test scores and a passion for service. Applicants should foster and cultivate leadership, scholarship and service – core principles of the McConnell Center.
McConnell Scholars must maintain programmatic requirements while attending the University of Louisville, satisfy course requirements for a minor in political science and participate in activities sponsored by the Center. Scholars need not major in political science nor be involved directly in politics, but may do so if interested.
Approximately 26-28 applicants will be invited to interview March 3-4, 2017. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1, 2017.
Current McConnell Scholars
- Average High School GPA: 3.97
- Average ACT: 31
Professional Development Opportunities for Kentucky Teachers (K-12)
30 teachers; yearlong program in conjunction with the McConnell Center's Public Lecture Series, which includes monthly lectures and private discussions with professors and historians; culminates in summer travel (locations vary)
Liberty Fund Co-Sponsored Conferences:
15 teachers per conference; four-day sessions focused on primary source materials (locations vary)
Request a free, guided tour of the Civic Education Gallery of the U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell and former Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao Archives. Guided tours last approximately 90 minutes.
Living History Series:
Kentucky high school classrooms attend public lectures and private sessions with keynote speakers and scholars at the McConnell Center
Kentucky students, grades 9-12, are eligible to apply for the , a summer residential leadership conference at the University of Louisville. The McConnell Center offers this annual program to outstanding high school students to help hone their leadership skills and further their understanding of American history.
Cash prizes are awarded to the top three essays submitted by Kentucky high school students. This is held in the spring semester.