On Monday night’s Guthrie’s Board of Education meeting, Kiwanis Club member HC Patel presented Gabriella Moffitt as the Walter Hurst Sophomore of the Year. She was awarded with a $250 check.
Walter Hurst was a long time member of the Texas-Oklahoma Foundation Board and financial supporter of the Texas-Oklahoma Foundation.
He proposed and lobbied the Texas-Oklahoma Board for three years to start a scholarship fund for sophomores. Finally in 1979-80 they agreed to start the “Walter Hurst Sophomore of the Year Scholarship.” In recent years, the program has normally been referred to as “Sophomore of the Year or SOTY.”
The Scholarship award is not based on academics, but on leadership qualities. A goal is to seek out, recognize and develop leadership potential commencing with high school sophomores, and to encourage and prepare the next generation of civic and corporate leadership for America’s future.