The McConnell Scholars Program is a prestigious enrichment program aimed at Kentucky residents who have demonstrated outstanding leadership potential and are committed to the principles of scholarship, leadership and service. There are 10 awards given each year, and the program has produced more than 200 successful alumni. The program is open to Kentucky high school graduates with a minimum 3.5 GPA and 26 ACT or 1230 SAT. Applicants must at least minor in political science.
The amount of the award will be determined by a selections committee, and will vary up to full tuition. Additionally, each scholar will have the opportunity to participate in domestic and international travel experiences associated with the Center, as well as annual leadership retreats throughout Kentucky. In addition, each Scholar may apply for funding to support individual travel and internship plans. Recipients develop leadership skills through liberal arts seminars, great book discussions, domestic and international internships and a variety of networking opportunities. Past participants have met world leaders including two sitting presidents, two Supreme Court Justices, six Secretaries of State, and numerous U.S. Senators, ambassadors and leaders of foreign nations.
A complete application includes:
- One essay (not to exceed 750 words): McConnell Scholars study history, philosophy, and politics, and meet contemporary leaders and scholars. What person from the past would you like to meet? What would you discuss?
- Resume - should include high achievements, community service, and employment history (review resume scoring rubric).
- Two letters of recommendation - one of which must be from a high school teacher
If you have questions about scholarships or award amounts and criteria, please email email@example.com with "Scholarships" in the subject line.