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    • McConnell Scholars Program: renewable scholarship (up to full-tuition) to attend the University of Louisville and opportunity to participate in leadership development, funded travel and unique "great books" seminars and discussions; limited to 10 new Scholars per year; applications due Dec. 15
    • Young Leaders Academy: a four-day residential leadership conference for Kentucky high school students (must have completed one year of high school). Accepted participants will stay in-residence at the University of Louisville.


Founded in 1991, the non-partisan McConnell Center at the University of Louisville seeks to identify, recruit and nurture Kentucky's next generation of great leaders. Our core principles--leadership, scholarship and service--guide us as we (1) prepare top undergraduate students to become future leaders; (2) offer civic education programs for teachers, students and the public; and (3) conduct strategic leadership development for the US Army.

U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, a 1964 graduate of the university, along with UofL officials, founded the Center based on his belief that "Kentucky's future depends on inspiring talented, motivated leaders."

The Center pursues its mission through the following: