Aspiring game warden earns county GOP scholarship

YHS grad Coy Pope honored at city council meeting

Yukon’s Coy Pope, with his parents Heather Pope and Jeffrey Scott, is congratulated by Canadian County Republicans and Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby after being awarded a $1,000 scholarship during the July 6th Yukon City Council meeting: From left, Karen Chapman, Scott, Heather Pope, Coy Pope, Jeramy Carnes, Terry Martin, Paulette Statler, and Selby. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A new Yukon High School graduate was the center of attention to begin Thursday night’s Yukon City Council meeting.

Canadian County Republicans recently awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Coy Pope, a part-time City of Yukon employee who plans to become a state game warden.

One of four Canadian County scholarship recipients, Coy was honored during a presentation at the July 6th Yukon City Council meeting inside the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th.

Canadian County GOP Secretary Karen Chapman introduced Coy alongside his parents, Heather Pope and Jeffrey Scott.

“His letters of recommendation stressed his strong work ethic, his skills in leading sports teams and church groups,” said Chapman, who chairs the scholarship committee.

A member of the Yukon High School Class of 2023, Coy graduated with a 4.4 grade point average having taken many Accelerated and Advanced Placement classes.

An active member in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he ran cross country and played soccer for the Millers.

Coy wrote for the school newspaper, serving as editor-in-chief during his senior year and winning awards for his writing.

His volunteer work includes helping the soccer team paint fields in the area, remodeling and refreshing homes in the community and participating in projects for his church’s preschool.

Coy is a part-time employee in the Yukon Parks & Recreation Department, having worked there since 2018.

His various responsibilities have been officiating for youth sports, teaching archery and wrapping hot dogs in foil for Freedom Fest.



To be eligible for the Canadian County Republicans’ scholarship, Coy wrote an essay about police funding and who it affects the community.

“He presented a well-thought-out solution to maintaining the public safety by increasing police funding and providing more training for officers in dealing with members of public with mental health issues,” Chapman shared.

In college, Coy plans to major in Parks and Wildlife Law Enforcement and minor in Wildland Fire. His career goal is to become a game warden in Oklahoma.

Canadian County GOP officers, led by party Chairman Jeramy Carnes, attended the recent city council meeting to recognize their Yukon scholarship recipient.

Others were Congressional District 3 Committeewoman Paulette Statler and past District 5 Committeewoman Terry Martin.

Chapman, who leads the Countyline Republican Women, presented Coy with a scholarship check and certificate.

Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby has known Coy since he was young, having been his elementary school counselor.

Selby told Coy how proud she was of him for his accomplishments and wished him well in his future endeavors.

Karen Chapman discusses Coy Pope’s accomplishments. (Photo by Conrad Dudderar)