Macey Mayes

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2018

 Central City, KY

Muhlenberg County High School, 2014


Major(s): Political Science

Minor: LGBTQ Studies, Humanities (Concentrations in Religious Studies and Literature)

Study Abroad Universities: Northwest University, China (Summer 2017); Chiang Mai University, Thailand (Summer 2017)

Honors Societies

  • University of Louisville Honors Program
  • University of Louisville Honors Scholar
  • University of Louisville Dean's List
  • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honors Society


  • Irvin F. and Alice S. Etscorn International Summer Research Award
  • National Senior Beta, John W. Harris Leadership Award and Top 5 scholarship recipient

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Student Government Association, A&S Supreme Court Justice
  • Honors Host Program
  • Cards in Action, Student Lobbyist
  • Student Orientation Staff
  • McConnell Center Moot Court Team
  • McConnell Center Debate Society
  • McConnell Scholar Council, Vice-Chair (2017-2018)
  • McConnell Scholar Council, Outreach Chair (2016-2017)
  • McConnell Scholar Council, Secretary (2015-2016)
  • Task Force Freshmen (2014-2015)
  • Honors Service Living Learning Community (2014-2015)

Community Service

  • Family Scholar House
  • Project WARM
  • Kentucky Refugee Ministries
  • RaiseRED Dance Marathon
  • Muhlenberg North Middle School Junior Beta Club

Internships and Work Experience

  • U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell's Office (Louisville branch), Constituent Services Intern
  • McConnell Center, Public Relations Assistant

High School

Macey is a 2014 graduate at Muhlenberg County High School where she was the president of the National Honors Society, Y-Club, and Art Club, and vice president of Beta Club and Drama Club, and a senior class representative on student council. Macey also was a member of the varsity soccer team and the academic team. Additionally, Macey was a volunteer coach for the North Middle School Dance Team and a regular participant in the Memory Walk for Alzheimers research. She was a 2013 Kentucky Governor's Scholar at Morehead University.

Favorite Books and Quotations

  • The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, 'O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?' Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"
-- John Keating, Dead Poets Society

BLOG- Macey's reflections on life as a McConnell Scholar