Paighton Brooks

McConnell Scholar Class of 2024


Paighton Brooks, of Alexandria, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2024 at the University of Louisville. She studies political science and criminal justice.

Honors & Awards

  • University of Louisville Woodford R. Porter Scholar
  • University of Louisville Honors Program
  • University of Louisville Dean’s Scholar

Campus & Extracurricular Involvement

  • Assistant to the Executive Vice President, Student Government Association
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Student Government Association
  • University of Louisville Black and Brown Honors Society
  • Vice President, Black and Brown Honors Society
  • Secretary and Financial Officer, Society of Porter Scholars
  • University of Louisville President’s Council Mentorship Program
  • Task Force Freshman Mentor
  • Task Force Freshmen, Equality and Justice Committee
  • Student Climate Survey Review, Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
  • Thrivals LOU 2021 Executive Board
  • UofL Medical School Health Disparities Content Creation Team

Internship & Work Experience

  • Summer Intern, Goldberg Simpson LLC
  • At Home, Cashier

Community Service

  • YMCA, Kids Club Volunteer
  • University of Louisville Raise Red Dancer
  • University of Louisville Cardinal Cupboard Volunteer
  • Louisville Therapy Group, Volunteer
  • Cincinnati Public Schools Legal Department, Volunteer
  • Project Warm Participant
  • SOUL Day of Service
  • Amy McGrath Senate Election Volunteer

High School

Paighton is a graduate of Campbell County High School, where she served as secretary of the Beta Honors Society, was a member of the Principals' Advisory Council and National Honors Society and was an award-winning varsity cheerleader. She was a state and regional award-winning member of the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, serving as regional vice president of community service and first vice president of the local chapter. She was also part of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Regional Youth Leadership Class. Paighton, the daughter of Stephanie Scott and Malcolm Brooks, was a 2019 Kentucky Governor's Scholar.

Receiving the McConnell Scholarship will allow me to meet and learn from incredible people while being in the community with other leadership-driven students. I can't wait to see how the program serves as a catalyst for personal growth and all the opportunities it will bring.