Programs for High School Students

The McConnell Center provides programs for top high school students in Kentucky both in the summer and during the school year.

Young Leaders Academy

Kentucky students, grades 9-12, are eligible to apply for the Young Leaders Academy, 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.

Essay Contest

Cash prizes are awarded to the top three essays submitted by Kentucky high school students. This annual contest is held in the spring semester.