Caleb Aridano

McConnell Scholar Class of 2024


Caleb Aridano, of Crestwood, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2024 at the University of Louisville. He studies philosophy, political science, public health, ethics, and LBGTQ health studies.

Honors and Awards

  • University of Louisville Trustees’ Scholarship

  • Top 28 Finalist, Great Lakes Regional, American Moot Court Association (2020 & 2021) 

  • Senator Jeff Green Scholar

  • Ann E. Cudd Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Paper Contest, 2nd Place

  • University of Louisville Dean’s Scholar (Fall 2020, 2021; Spring 2021, 2022) 

  • University of Louisville Honors Program

  • Oldham County Pediatrics Essay Prize Scholarship

  • University of Louisville Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarship

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • McConnell Center Vice Chair (‘22-‘23)

  • McConnell Center Poetry Group Member

  • University of Louisville Undergraduate Moot Court Team

  • University of Louisville Shadow Host

  • Mecosta Circle Member

  • Task Force Freshmen (20-21)

  • Task Force Freshmen Mentor (21-22) 

  • Freshmen Arts and Sciences Council, Secretary

  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, Member

  • Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, VP of Risk Management 

  • Project Warm Blitz Team Leader

  • University of Louisville Academic Discipline and Grievances Committee, Student Representative

  • McConnell Center Outreach Team

  • Naval Academy Leadership Conference Participant

Community Service

  • University of Louisville Cardinal Cupboard, Operations Assistant (‘20-‘21)

  • University of Louisville Disability Resource Center, Volunteer

  • Louisville Therapy Group, Literacy Volunteer

  • Louisville Classical Academy, After School Tutor and Assistant

Internship and Work Experience

  • Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Legal Intern

  • Moore Law Group, Mass Tort Legal Intern

  • First Watch Cafe, Server

High School

Caleb is a graduate of South Oldham High School where he earned summa cum laude and AP Scholar with distinction honors. He received the Outstanding English Student, South Oldham Rotary Club and Commonwealth Ambassador awards. He was a senior leader of his school's Kentucky Youth Assembly/Kentucky United Nations Assembly chapter and participated in the National Honor Society, Beta and Link Crew clubs. Caleb, the son of Frank and Kimberly Aridano, was a 2019 Kentucky Governor's Scholar.

It is an immense honor to be selected as a McConnell Scholar. This scholarship will allow me to learn and grow among the brightest students Kentucky has to offer. I can think of no better way to spend my undergraduate years than with my fellow Scholars.