Julia Blackburn, of Frankfort, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2023 at the University of Louisville where she plans to study Biology, Visual Arts, and Political Science. She is the Runner-Up for Kentucky's Distinguished Young Woman of Frankfort Award and a recipient of the Trustees Scholarship.
She is a 2019 graduate from Franklin County High School where she was a member of Academic Team, National Beta Club, Y Club, and National Honors Society. She also served as Student Body President and participated in Young Republicans. She was the Future Problem Solving Champion at the District's Governor Cup and the Creative Writing Champion at the 2017 National Beta Conference.
Being chosen as a Scholar is a life changing experience for me. Ever since I was introduced to the program in middle school, I knew that one day I wanted to be just like those before me: learning how to become leaders so that they may enact change and serve the world around them