TCU football player Caylin Moore has been named a Rhodes Scholar finalist, believed to be the fourth in school history, the university announced Friday.
Moore, a senior from Carson, Calif., is one of about 200 students nationwide who made the finals for the prestigious award, which offers a scholarship for graduate studies at Oxford University in England.
Later this year, a selection committee in California, the district where Moore applied, will interview him and other candidates before picking two for the award.
Past winners include President Bill Clinton, singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson and retired NBA player Bill Bradley.
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Moore, a safety on the football team, transferred to TCU last year.
He started school at Marist College in New York, where he played quarterback. In the summer of 2014, he studied at the University of Bristol in England after winning a scholarship to attend the Fulbright Summer Institute.
He studied at Princeton University in 2015 through the Public Policy and International Affairs Program at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy.
Moore grew up in poverty in Carson, a suburb of south central Los Angeles. When he called his mother earlier this month to tell her he was a Rhodes finalist, she cried.
“Where we come from, that’s not even something she would dare dream for her children,” he said. “It was a surreal moment. But also, I knew I had work to do. I needed to make sure I was prepared for the interview and give it my best shot.”