Mary Catherine Medley

McConnell Scholar Class of 2024


Mary Catherine Medley, of Springfield, Ky., is a member of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2024 at the University of Louisville. She plans to study criminal justice and political science.

Honors and Awards

  • UofL Trustees Scholar
  • University of Louisville Honors student
  • 2020, 2021, 2022 Dean's Scholar
  • 2021 Institute of International Education and University of Louisville Passport Cohort Recipient
  • 2022 UofL Department of Political Science’s “Ford Hall Goes to Washington” Scholarship Recipient
  • Recipient of the Kappa Delta Foundation’s 2022-2023 Marilyn Sanderson Thompson Scholarship

Campus and Extracurricular Involvement

  • Kappa Delta Sorority: 2021-2022 Panhellenic Delegate, 2020-2022 Banner Committee Chair, 2020-2021 Assistant to VP Operations, 2020-2021 Mental Health Committee Representative, 2022 Fryberger soloist
  • McConnell Scholars Program: 2021-2022 McConnell Scholars Secretary
  • UofL Student Government Association: Task Force Freshmen participant
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Honor Society member

Community Service

  • raiseRED Dance Marathon: 2021-2022 Fundraising Staff and dancer, 2021 dancer and Top 40 fundraiser
  • UofL Cardinal Cupboard
  • Prevent Child Abuse America/ Kentucky
  • Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana
  • UofL Disability Resource Center
  • Louisville Metro Parks
  • Project Warm: 2021 Team Leader

Internship and Work Experience

  • 2022 Washington D.C. intern for Senator Mitch McConnell
  • McConnell Center Public Relations Assistant
  • Kroger: Front End Cashier

High School

Mary Catherine is a graduate of Washington County High School, where she was honored on the school's ACT Wall of Fame and served in several leadership positions including as vice president of the Cultural Awareness Club, class representative for the Beta Club and historian of the National Honor Society. She was elected the state vice president of peer education for the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America and was a three-time national, state and regional gold medalist in the program's STAR Event competitions. She was named the 2020 Distinguished Young Woman of Washington County and finished fourth runner-up at state competition. Mary Catherine, the daughter of Tony and Julie Medley, was a 2019 Governor's Scholar at Centre College.

This program truly promotes so many of my personal interests such as politics, literature, leadership and service, and it will provide me with an entire community of young adults with similar passions. I feel so lucky and proud to be able to be a part of the McConnell Scholar Class of 2024.