Application Process

McConnell Scholarship application, requirements, selection criteria and the most recent class profile


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The McConnell Scholarship is open to graduating high school Kentucky residents with a minimum 3.35 GPA. Applicants must have demonstrated a capacity for intellectual and public leadership. The following must be provided:

  1. Two Applications: (1) application to the University of LouisvilleAND (2) a supplemental McConnell Scholars Program application
  2. One Essay, not to exceed 500 words: Please outline your thoughts on leadership and how your career will lead to making a difference.
  3. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation, one of which must be from a high school teacher

Selection Criteria

Scholarships are awarded to talented, deserving high school seniors reflecting the commonwealth's geographic diversity. Applicants must have demonstrated leadership and communication skills, outstanding grades and test scores and a passion for service. Applicants should foster and cultivate the following core principles of the McConnell Center:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Service

Please note: McConnell Scholars must maintain at least programmatic requirements while attending the University of Louisville, satisfy course requirements for a minor in political science and participate in activities sponsored by the Center. Scholars need not major in political science nor be involved directly in politics.

Approximately 26-28 applicants will be invited to interview March 6-7, 2015. Scholarship recipients will be notified by April 1, 2015.

Most Recent Class Profile

  • Average High School GPA: 3.97
  • Average ACT: 31

Meet the Current McConnell Scholars