“The generous scope of the Weigand scholarship is simply overwhelming. Attending Notre Dame is a dream come true – doing so free of charge with an opportunity to return to Kansas is truly unbelievable.”

Christopher McLemore

University of Notre Dame
Weigand Scholar: 2005, 2006, 2007

Wichita, KS

B.S. Political Science, Kansas State University, 2001

  • 3-time National Champion, including the award for the top public speaker in the nation.

Master of Public Policy, University of Denver, 2004

J.D., University of Notre Dame Law School, 2007

As a student at Kansas State, Chris competed as a member of the speech team, winning three individual national championships in 2000, including the award for the top collegiate public speaker in the nation. Chris then earned a master’s degree in public policy analysis at the University of Denver.┬áDuring those two years, Chris worked as the press secretary for the Speaker of the House in Colorado and performed research for former Governor Richard Lamm on a recently published book.

While attending Notre Dame, Chris worked as a research assistant for Notre Dame Law Professor Vincent Rougeau in 2005 – 2006. 

“K-State president Jon Wefald once told me that if you can’t find beauty in the endless prairies on the plains of Kansas then you don’t have a pulse. I believe he’s right. To be from the state of Kansas is a great fortune. To have a chance to return is priceless.”