Senior Scholar Profile: Kevin Grout

(Oct. 15, 2015) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Meet Kevin Grout, a senior McConnell Scholar from Florence, Ky.

Kevin Grout, a senior McConnell Scholar, recently sat down with the Center to discuss his experience at the University of Louisville, his time as a Scholar and his future aspirations. Grout is a political science and history double major with a minor in economics. He is the Political Coordinator for the Student Government Association and is an Intercollegiate Studies Institute Honors Fellow for 2015-16.

1. How do you feel about senior year at UofL?

I'm both nervous and excited for senior year. I'm ready for the culmination of my education experience, but now it's time for all the big life decisions!

2. What are your current plans for after graduation?

After graduation, I want to move to Washington, D.C. and look for a job in Congress on Capitol Hill.

3. What word would you use to describe your time at UofL and why?

Unbelievable – my time at UofL has given me opportunities I had never expected. I've had conversations I never would have dreamed of, met incredible people and shared amazing memories.

4. What advice would you give to new McConnell Scholars?

First, Scholars should go to every single class session and do ALL of the reading for every McConnell lecture and seminar. Also, they should be ready for all the new experiences. I tell everyone to come into freshman year ready to take on every opportunity they can! You'll make new friends and memories you'll never forget.

5. What are some of your proudest accomplishments in your collegiate career?

I am most proud of the friendships and connections I've made. In my time, I've done some big things in SGA, in my fraternity and in various other organizations around campus, but nothing matches the relationships I get to take with me.

6. What is your favorite memory as a Scholar and why?

Through the McConnell Scholars Program, I had the opportunity to travel the United Kingdom after my junior year. With Dr. Gregg and 11 other Scholars, we toured Edinburgh, Oxford and London in an incredible two weeks. Those are places that I've learned about, but actually being there was a whole new experience.

By Chloe Zoeller, a 2016 McConnell Scholar