Lauren Reuss

McConnell Scholar Class of 2022


Lauren Reuss, of Mt. Washington, Ky., is member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2022 at the University of Louisville where she studies political science, economics and philosophy.

Honors and Awards

  • McConnell Center’s Strategic Broadening Seminar for the U.S. Army; Fall 2018, Fall 2019
  • University of Louisville Honors Scholar
  • Commonwealth Ambassador; recognized Summer 2019
  • Dean’s Scholar; Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Spring 2020
  • Profile in Leadership, Office of Student Involvement; 2020-2021
  • ELSB Dr. Gerome Stephens Award

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

    • Writer, The White Squirrel Honors Literary Magazine; Spring 2019
    • Member, McConnell Center Debate Society; Spring 2019, 2020
    • Mecosta Circle Member, Intercollegiate Studies Institute
    • Sojourn Church Community Group
    • Member, Screwtape Society; Spring 2019
    • Member, Four Loves Book Club; Summer 2018
    • Representative, Committee on Funding Higher Education, Campus YMCA Congress; Spring 2019
    • Senator, Committee on Health, Education, and Labor, Campus YMCA Congress; Spring 2020
    • Member, Human Prosperity Committee for the Engage Lead Serve Board; 2018- 2019


Community Service

  • Super Saturday Assistant, Kentucky Refugee Ministries

  • Project Warm
  • Student Outreach Uniting Louisville
  • Martin Luther King Junior Day of Service
  • UofL Cardinal Cupboard and Food Recovery Network
  • Communications & Public Health Educator, UofL International Service Learning Program; Spring 2019

Internships & Work Experience

  • Director of Operations, Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry, Fall 2019-Present
  • Legislative Intern to Representative Melinda Gibbons Prunty, Kentucky General Assembly, Spring 2020
  • Camp Counselor, McConnell Center’s Young Leaders Academy, Summer 2019
  • Veteran Cemeteries, Nursing Homes, and Field Benefits Administration, Kentucky Department of Veteran’s Affairs, Summer 2019

High School

Lauren is a 2018 graduate of Bullitt East High School, where she earned magna cum laude honors, was ranked 7th overall in her class and earned AP Scholar honors with distinction. She was the section leader of the Marching Band Color Guard and was the school representative to Leadership Bullitt County. In addition, she was an active member of the National Honors Society, We The People team, the school wind ensemble and her church. She was a 2017 graduate of the McConnell Center’s Young Leaders Academy and was named a 2018 Senator Jeff Green Scholar.

To be a McConnell Scholar is to stand for something so much greater than myself; it is to be the embodiment of excellence and hope for the future. I am so proud and incredibly thankful for this opportunity to grow as a leader, scholar, and servant to my community, and I look forward to doing so alongside other bright individuals with the same passion for education and drive to change the world.