Katie Hayden

McConnell Scholar Class of 2024


Katie Hayden, of Owensboro, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2024 at the University of Louisville. She studies neuroscience and political science.

Honors & Awards

  • University of Louisville ULEAD Program
  • University of Louisville Honors Program

Campus & Extracurricular Involvement

  • Programming Director, raiseRED Dance Marathon
  • Student Body President, Student Government Association 
  • Chi Omega Sorority

Internships & Work Experience

  • Student Learning Assistant, REACH
  • Intern, Danzer Orthodontics

Community Service

  • Project Warm, LG&E Volunteer
  • Cardinal Cupboard Volunteer
  • Disability Resource Center Notetaker

High School

Katie is a graduate of Owensboro Catholic High School, where she was a three-time class officer, member of the National Honors Society and was named to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Cross Country All-State Team. She was a member of the Wendell H. Ford Statesmanship Academy and Impact 100 Next Generation. Katie, the daughter of Richard and Natalie Hayden, was also a 2019 Kentucky Governor's Scholar. 

Receiving the McConnell Scholarship is an honor, especially knowing that I will have the opportunity to learn from and grow alongside others that will motivate me daily. I am so excited for the educational opportunities this program will provide me, along with the relationships I will build along the way.