Kelsey Raymer

McConnell Scholar Class of 2026


Kelsey Raymer, of Bardstown, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2026 at the University of Louisville. She studies political science and social work.

Honors & Awards

  • Woodford R. Porter Scholar
  • University of Louisville Honors Scholar
  • University of Louisville Honors Program
  • University of Louisville Dean's List
  • Chicago-Kent PLUS Scholar

Campus and Extracurricular Activities

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Chair, McConnell Scholar's Council
  • Vote Everywhere Ambassador, Engage Lead Serve Board (ELSB)
  • Academic Vice President, Honors Student Council
  • Executive Board Member, National Council of Negro Women
  • Society of Porter Scholars
  • Black and Brown Honors Society

Internship & Work Experience

  • Ambassador Peer Mentor, University of Louisville
  • Intern, Louisville Metro Council 

Community Service

  • UofL Cardinal Cupboard

High School

Kelsey is a graduate of Nelson County High School, where she served as President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Student Council, Secretary of Key Club. She also participated in Model UN, was an athlete on the varsity track and field team, and interned at the Nelson County Attorney's Office. Kelsey, the daughter of Shannon Branham, was a 2021 Governor's Scholar.