Emma Lawson

McConnell Scholar Class of 2021


Emma Lawson, of Springfield, KY, is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2021 at the University of Louisville, where she studies political science and communication. She is a member of the UofL Honors Program and a Harlan Scholar.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Louisville Honors Scholar, Dean's Scholar
  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law Harlan Scholar
  • University of Louisville Undergraduate Junior of the Year (2019-2020)
  • University of Louisville Undergraduate Freshman of the Year (2017-2018)
  • University of Louisville 2020 Profiles in Leadership Recipient
  • McConnell Center Reader’s Choice Award (Spring 2019)
  • Greater Louisville Alumnae Panhellenic Scholarship
  • Order of Omega Greek Founder's Scholarship
  • Kappa Delta Sorority National Corre Anding Stegall Leadership Award

Extracurricular and Campus Involvement

  • McConnell Scholars Council, Vice Chair (2019-2020)
  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honors Society
  • Kappa Delta Sorority
  • Panhellenic Executive Council, Vice President of Recruitment (2020-2021)
  • Order of Omega Greek Honor Society
  • Mecosta Circle Member, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
  • UofL Honors College, Shadow Host
  • UofL German Club

Internship Experience

  • Communications Staffer, Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus (Spring 2020)
  • Communications Intern, Kentucky Department of Agriculture (Summer 2019)
  • Legislative Intern for the Senate President Pro Tempore of the Kentucky General Assembly (Spring 2019)

Community Service

  • Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Volunteer
  • University of Louisville Disability Center
  • Project Warm, LG&E
  • raiseRed Dancer (2018 & 2019)

High School

Emma is a 2017 graduate of Washington County High School, where she was the president of her school's chapter of the National Honors Society. She was a 2015 Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador, as well as the 2016-17 Vice President of Competitive Events for Kentucky Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America. Additionally, Emma was a 2017 National Beta Scholar and a GE-Ronald Reagan Scholar Finalist from Kentucky. She was a 2016 Kentucky Governor's Scholar at Northern Kentucky University.