2009 Class

2009 Class of Clements Scholars

Molly Banas

graduated from McKinney High in 2006 and went to Austin College to pursue an international relations degree. During my undergrad I was very involved in Model United Nations. Our team earned the chance to compete internationally in Xian, China. I later changed majors to study political science.

Because of my interest in politics, I jumped at the chance to work in the Texas Legislature this semester. The Clements Scholars program has offered me an amazing opportunity to experience public policy first hand, and coming to understand the legislative process through my everyday activities has truly equipped me for the future. I would highly encourage anyone interested in pursuing any type of public policy career to apply to the TCCRI Clements Scholars program.

Grant Cox

was born and raised in Weatherford, Texas, and a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University, where I received a B.A. in History and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. Currently, I am finishing graduate studies at Texas State University, receiving the degree of Master of Applied Geography. After graduation I would like to create custom mapping applications for public and private sector clients.

The Clements Scholars program has been a great experience. It has shown me the tremendous amount of hard work our leaders dedicate to advancing conservative principles in our legislature. It has strengthened my belief that government should only operate within its constitutional mandates, and that strong, moral leadership is necessary to secure liberties and promote enterprise.

Ben Garner

My name is Ben Garner, I’m from Cedar Park. I will be attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia next fall, studying government.Working in Rep. Hughes office for the legislative session has been an amazing experience for me. Getting to be right in the middle of the legislative process has given me a hands-on knowledge of how Texas government works. My time here at the Capitol has been very productive and has been the perfect preparation for college, law school, and possibly a career in politics. I am so thankful that I had this opportunity, and the skills and knowledge I gained over the last few months will serve me well in the future.

Tony McDonald

Tony McDonald graduated from Wimberley High School in 2005 and enrolled at the University of Texas at Austin. There he became involved in conservative politics through Young Conservatives of Texas rising from chapter chairman to State Vice Chairman for Legislative Affairs. Tony hosts “Down Ballot Radio,” a political talk show on KVRX Austin 91.7 FM. Tony will be attending the University of Texas Law School this fall.

Says Tony of his experience:

“It has been a privilege to work with Representative Christian on behalf of conservative principles in Texas. I have had the unique experience of learning the legislative process, firsthand. This experience would never have been possible without the Clements Scholar Program.”

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