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, ethics, and public health. 

Honors & Awards

  • University of Louisville Trustees’ Scholarship
  • 2nd Place Individual Orator Award, Bluegrass American Moot Court Association Tournament
  • Etscorn Summer Development Grant Awardee, Summer 2023
  • 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, 2022; Spring 2021, 2022, 2023) 
  • University of Louisville Honors Program
  • Oldham County Pediatrics Essay Prize Scholarship
  • University of Louisville Governor’s Scholars Program Scholarship

Campus & Extracurricular Involvement

  • Chair, McConnell Scholars Program ('23-'24)
  • Vice Chair, McConnell Center (‘22-‘23)
  • Member, McConnell Center Poetry Group
  • University of Louisville Undergraduate Moot Court Team
  • University of Louisville Shadow Host
  • Member, Mecosta Circle
  • Task Force Freshmen ('20-'21)
  • Task Force Freshmen Mentor ('21-'22) 
  • Secretary, Freshmen Arts and Sciences Council
  • Member, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • VP of Risk Management, Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
  • Team Leader, Project Warm Blitz
  • Student Representative, University of Louisville Academic Discipline and Grievances Committee
  • McConnell Center Outreach Team
  • Delegate, Naval Academy Leadership Conference
  • Delegate, United States Military Academy Conference on Ethics in America

Internships & Work Experience

  • Researcher, Yale University Interdisciplinary Bioethics Institute (Summer 2023) 
  • Legal Intern, Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney
  • Mass Tort Legal Intern, Moore Law Group
  • Server, First Watch Cafe

Community Service

  • Operations Assistant, University of Louisville Cardinal Cupboard (‘20-‘21)
  • Volunteer, University of Louisville Disability Resource Center
  • Literacy Volunteer, Louisville Therapy Group
  • After School Tutor and Assistant, Louisville Classical Academy

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.