Five McConnell Scholars receive President's Volunteer Service Award
Louisville, Ky. (April 26, 2023) – Five McConnell Scholars are recipients of the 2023 President’s Volunteer Service Award.
The award, coordinated by the White House and AmeriCorps, was founded “to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity.”
To receive the prestigious honor, each Scholar completed at least 100 service hours between March 2022 and March 2023.
“At the McConnell Center, we emphasize to our students the importance of service. Every Scholar does his/her share of community service each year, but some go above and beyond to make their neighborhoods better and to lend a helping hand to their fellow citizens,” said McConnell Center Director Gary Gregg. “I am exceptionally impressed by these Scholars’ outstanding commitment to this principle.”
The following McConnell Scholars were recognized with the award:
- Grant Avis (’26) – 149 service hours
- Yelena Bagdasaryan (’24) – 114 service hours
- Logan Bibby (’25) – 158 service hours
- Camryn McPherson ('25) – 111 service hours
- Macy Waddle ('26) – 130 service hours
Service is one of the three key pillars of the McConnell Scholars Program, alongside leadership and scholarship. Scholars are required to complete a minimum of 35 service hours per semester, collectively earning over 2,800 hours of community service every year.