Joshua High School senior Nolan Walker and Burleson High School senior Cody Kidd read their scholarship winning essays during Thursday night’s meeting of the Johnson County Republican Women.
JCRW recently announced both as recipients of the organization’s annual Polly Guthrie Scholarship.
The themes of this year’s essay were: How do you think big tech will affect the future of the Republican Party and the conservative movement and: Do you believe conservative values are important in today’s society?
Nolan received a $2,500 scholarship while Cody received $1,500.
“We are very excited to announce this year’s scholarship recipients,” JCRW President Tiffany Strother said. “Both young men exemplify the positve, conservative values of our organization.”
Walker plans to attend Texas A&M University and major in business management.
Since 2018, Walker has served as captain of JHS’s varsity soccer team. Along the way he was named 2020 All-District Defensive MVP, 2019 All-District Utility Player of the Year and 2018 All-District Newcomer of the Year.
Walker was also involved in FFA and was part of the 2020 Agricultural Advocacy LDE District Champions and the Entomology LDE third place team at the Texas State University 2021 Invitational.
His parents are Kristen and Will Walker of Burleson.
Kidd also plans to attend Texas A&M where he will study engineering.
Kidd served as captain of BHS’s golf team from 2019 to present and, in the 2018-19 school year, earned the most improved recognition.
Kidd also served as student advisor for Workforce in Training.
His parents are Judge Bill and Stephanie Bosworth of Burleson.
The merit-based scholarships honor former JCRW member Pauline “Polly” Guthrie, who passed away in 2011.
Guthrie, a Joshua resident, worked as a teacher and coach. Guthrie also served as president of JCRW, as district director of Senatorial District 22 of the Texas Federation of Republican Women and served on both the National Republican Congressional and Senatorial Advisory Committee in addition to numerous other leadership positions throughout her life.