McConnell Scholars Alumni

'Proof of Success' - After completing the program, Scholars have gone on to exceptionally accomplished careers.

Cultivating Kentucky's future leaders is the primary mission of the McConnell Center. To date, more than 160 of its graduates now provide leadership in their respective communities. Our alumni regularly attribute their success to opportunities and skills developed through the McConnell Center.

What are they doing now?

Our alumni are presently working as professors, museum curators, medical doctors, military officers, pharmacists, lawyers, city planners, public servants, teachers, pastors, political strategists, campaign directors, hospital administrators, engineers, musicians, physical therapists, small business owners, policy analysts, dentists, Fulbright scholars, Truman scholars and graduate students.

Elite colleges attended by alumni

Our alumni have pursued graduate degrees at Harvard University, Yale University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, the College of William and Mary, Washington and Lee University, Columbia University, New York University, University of Oxford, George Washington University, University of California-Berkley, University of Michigan, University of Cambridge, University of Pennsylvania and Dartmouth College.

"The McConnell Center not only gave me the credentials to be competitive in applying to Ivy League law schools but gave me the confidence and analytical skills to succeed once I arrived." - Michael G. Adams (McConnell Scholar, '98), Havard Law ('01); General Counsel - Republican Governors' Association and Republican Attorney Generals' Association

"The McConnell Center is one of a kind. I picked UofL because of it and feel much of my success today is a result of the program. Dr. Weber was an awesome mentor and helped me realize that I would find happiness thinking beyond a career in traditional medicine. Today, I work in international health research and policy and could not be happier. Thank you for the memories, the friends and for helping each of us find direction." - Christa Fischer Walker, PhD (McConnell Scholar, '97), Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health ('05); Epidemiologist, CDC