(SPRINGFIELD, Ky.) – Emma Lawson, a 2017 Washington County High School graduate, was awarded the Mitch McConnell Scholarship and the Harlan Scholarship at her college of choice, the University of Louisville, which she will attend beginning this fall. Mitch McConnell Scholars receive full tuition, an allowance for room, board and books, an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., an extended study abroad program in China and annual leadership retreats throughout Kentucky. Ten scholars are chosen each year. Lawson was one of over 300 applicants. Recipients also develop leadership skills through liberal arts seminars, book discussions, domestic and international internships and a variety of networking opportunities.
Lawson, with Kentucky Senator and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. (Photo submitted)
The Harlan Scholar Program is a guaranteed entrance program designed for Kentucky and out-of-state high school students interested in a career in law. Harlan Scholars who participate in programming, maintain the designated GPA and obtain the designated LSAT score are automatically admitted to U of L’s Brandeis School of Law after earning their bachelor’s degree. Harlan Scholars are also able to attend regular group meetings and field trips, interact with law faculty and students and event sit in on law classes. Lawson was also one of ten scholars chosen of the hundreds of applicants.
“When I started my college and scholarship search, I found the McConnell and Harlan Scholarships to be of a prestigious level, and a challenge to me academically,” says Lawson. “I am always looking to better myself and these scholarships were an opportunity to grow through my knowledge and to receive the financial amount as well. The McConnell and Harlan Scholars currently at U of L are held to a high standard in both the personal and professional realm. Receiving these scholarships allows me to surround myself with those who are serious in their academic ventures, and gives me the motivation to reach my dreams like those before me.”
At WCHS, Lawson is involved in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the National Honor Society, the National Beta Club, the National Art Honor Society, is a member of the Bass Commanders fishing team, was the first runner up in the 2016 Distinguished Young Woman Competition, and also received the Scholastic Award and the Overall Interview Winner in the pageant. She was also a participant in the 2016 Kentucky Governors Scholar Program. She has also held a job as an office assistant at the law firm Mattingly, Simms, Robinson & McCain, PLLC.
“I have a firsthand knowledge of her academic performance, her leadership potential and her ability to communicate through both print and verbal modalities,” says Matthew Garrett, a history teacher at WCHS. “Emma possesses great leadership potential in part due to an outgoing personality and her involvement in extracurricular activities.”
Lawson says U of L has always been a top contender when she was deciding on postsecondary education. “I have networked with many individuals in the Louisville area,” she said. “I love the city of Louisville and the possibilities I could have there.” She plans to major in political science with an emphasis in Pre-Law and later earn her Juris Doctorate.
She is the daughter of Tim and Christy Lawson.