Cobb wins Kentucky Choice, Henry French Quality of Life awards

(July 8, 2016) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – McConnell Scholar Sidney Cobb finished among the top 11 in last week's Miss Kentucky competition.
Cobb wins Kentucky Choice, Henry French Quality of Life awards

In her first Miss Kentucky competition, Sidney Cobb ('19), of Frankfort, Ky., won the Kentucky’s Choice and Heather Renee French Quality of Life awards. She also placed among the top 11 finalists.

“Competing in Miss Kentucky gave me the opportunity to meet women from around the commonwealth and grow through group service, interview practice and communication workshops,” Cobb said. “It helped me build confidence, as well as speaking and professional relations skills, that will last a lifetime. I was so honored to represent the University of Louisville,” she added.

Cobb said the competition, held June 30 through July 2 in Lexington, helped her realize just how important community service is to her. She holds leadership positions with the UofL Student Activities Board and Relay For Life and is a citizenship instructor for Kentucky Refugee Ministries. She also started her own organization at UofL, IAMLouisville, which pairs college students with teenage refugees to help them adjust to life in the U.S.

“It has been incredibly life-changing to meet refugees in Louisville and help them on their journey to citizenship,” Cobb said.  “I have become a social advocate for refugee issues and hope to educate Kentuckians on who refugees are and the benefits they add to our community.”

The Miss Kentucky competition is part of the Miss America pageant, which provides scholarships and offers a state and national platform for issue awareness. Cobb won the Miss Cardinal Country 2016 title at UofL in February to quality for the state competition.

Cobb is a sophomore at UofL, where she is a National Merit and McConnell Scholar, studying political science and history. She is a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and a competitor on the McConnell Center's moot court team.