Earlier this year we celebrated our first BHA scholar, Maurice Rodgers, at the North American Rendezvous in Missoula. Created and funded by Kentucky chapter leader and retired Col. Mike Abell, the BHA Scholarship is intended to go to a political science student who aspires to serve in public office, but who has little to no experience in the outdoors, hunting, or angling. The goal is to immerse future elected officials in our work and values as sportsmen and women in hopes that they take these experiences and relationships with them and continue to advocate on behalf of public lands, waters, and wildlife in their future work. Earlier this summer, we welcomed Jordan McGinty as our second BHA scholarship recipient. Jordan will complete a minimum of two stewardship projects with the Kentucky BHA chapter this year and will join us at the 2022 North American Rendezvous. Get to know our 2021 BHA Scholarship recipient, Jordan!
Hello all, I am Jordan McGinty and am honored to be selected as the 2021-2022 Kentucky BHA Scholar. I am a senior first-generation student at the University of Louisville dual majoring in political science and criminal justice as well as dual minoring in history and forensic anthropology.
Outside of my busy class schedule, I am a member of Delta Upsilon Fraternity where I have served as the vice president of recruitment and on the International Board of Directors. I have worked in student government and advocacy as the executive director for a branch of student government and the Commuter Student Council President, as well as founding a new club educating and empowering fellow students about individual liberties.
In the community, I serve on the Board of Directors for two charitable nonprofits. I am profoundly proud of the impact we have been able to have across the Kentucky. I also have worked in Kentucky politics on numerous statewide political campaigns.
I have lived in Louisville my entire life and, although I have had some outdoor experiences, there is so much to learn. I am excited to dive into the BHA community and learn more about the importance of public land for public use and how I can help.
After graduating I will be continuing my education by attending law school. After law school, I plan on becoming a constitutional lawyer and eventually running for local office. As someone who is active in politics and has lobbied politicians, I fully understand the difficulty that the BHA faces when talking to politicians. This is why I am excited to be a part of the BHA and immerse myself in the BHA culture. To learn about how we can better conserve public land for public use. I have previously helped draft and pass legislation in Kentucky and, if elected, would be an ally to the BHA Mission.