Laura Hinkle

McConnell Scholar Class of 2022


Laura Hinkle, of Elizabethtown, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2022 at the University of Louisville. She studies political science, history and philosophy. She is a member of the University of Louisville's Honors College.

Honors & Awards

  • Model United Nations Conference Best Delegate, Best Delegation
  • University of Louisville Presidential Service Award
  • University of Louisville Dean’s List

Campus & Extracurricular Involvement

  • Vice President, UofL Young Democrats
  • Executive Board, UofL Chapter of the United Nations Association
  • McConnell Scholars Class of ’22 Chair
  • McConnell Scholars Health & Wellness Chair
  • McConnell Scholars Debate Society
  • UofL Task Force Freshman
  • UofL Freshman Arts & Sciences Student Council
  • Health Ambassador for the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute
  • Delegate, Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (2018)
  • Delegate, United States Naval Academy Leadership Conference (2020)

Community Service

  • PEACC Center Volunteer
  • United Nations Online Volunteer
  • First Christian Church Childcare Assistant
  • Project Warm

Internships & Work Experience

  • KY Governor’s Scholars Program Resident Assistant
  • McConnell Center Office Assistant
  • Bell, Hess & VanZant Law Intern

Laura Hinkle is a 2018 graduate of Elizabethtown High School, where she was captain of the debate and future problem solving teams. She was a 2017 Kentucky Governor's Scholar, a commended National Merit Scholar and editor of Teen Ink Magazine. Active in the Kentucky Youth Assembly program, she was voted the 2017 Kentucky Youth Assembly Outstanding Attorney and the 2016 Outstanding Speaker.

I am so excited to be selected as a McConnell Scholar, and I can't wait to engage in the program's unique networking, traveling, and learning opportunities. I hope to continue to grow as both an academic and leader over the next four years so that I can use my experiences to make a difference in others' lives.