Erica Gaither

McConnell Scholar, Class of 2019

     Princeton, KY

    Caldwell County High School, 2015


    Major: Criminal Justice

    Minor: Political Science

    Certificate: Peace, Justice, and Conflict Transformation

    Honors Societies

    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar
    • Woodford R. Porter Scholar
    • University of Louisville Honors Program
    • University of Louisville Honors Scholar


    • Harvard Public Policy Leadership Conference Fellow, 2017
    • International Center Study Abroad Scholarship 

    Extracurricular and Campus Involvement

    • Honors Shadow Host
    • College Mentor for Kids
    • Intern, Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & International Affairs

    Community Service

    • Family Scholar House
    • Shelby Traditional Elementary School
    • Run With Our Heroes 5k
    • Americana Garden Service Project



    Internship and Work Experience

    • Intern, Centerstone KY (Behavioral and Mental Health Services)
    • Mental Health Associate, The Brook Hospitals (KMI)

    High School

    Erica graduated from Caldwell County High School in 2015, where she served as the historian for the National Honors Society, as a council member of the "Champions Against Drugs" organization, and was one of the top four graduating students in her class. She was a 2014 Kentucky Governor's Scholar.

    Favorite Books and Quotations

    • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
    • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Powell

    "I'm going to make everything around me beautiful - that will be my life." -Elsie de Wolfe

    "Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling." -Roman Payne

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