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TCU senior football player is finalist for Rhodes Scholarship


FORT WORTH — On a beautiful Friday afternoon, TCU football player Caylin Moore walks through campus with his head held high.

You would too if you were him.

“I found out last Monday around like 8 p.m.,” said the economics major. “I was sitting on computer doing homework.”

An email popped up alerting him that he was one of about 200 finalists for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, which would pay for a secondary education at Oxford University in England. It’s a far away place, literally and figuratively, from where he was raised.

“I come from the slums, to be quite frank,” Moore said.

The TCU senior hails from Compton, Calif., where he spent most of his childhood having to share a bed with his mother, brother and sister.

“It was not abnormal to hear gunshots at nighttime,” Moore recalls. “It was not abnormal to collect bullets outside on the ground and play marbles with them.”

With his mother’s support, he remained focused on academics and athletics. He says the Rhodes Scholarship consideration validates the decisions he’s made.

“I was right when opportunities to join gangs came about, and I said no, I’m trying to stick to football. I was right when I said no, I don’t drink because I need to be in my right mind 365 days for what God has planned for me,” Moore says.

Moore says he has also studied at Marist College in New York and Princeton University. He also traveled to England as a scholarship recipient with the Fulbright Summer Institute.

In its history, TCU has only ever had one student win a Rhodes scholarship. That was back in 1975. Moore finds out on November 19th if he’ll become the school’s second Rhodes scholar.

“Such a blessing to even apply to it. That was the victory,” he says.

If he is one of the 32 students chosen for the scholarship, Moore says he’ll get his Masters Degrees in Public Policy and Business Administration.

“I plan to work in educational policy and eventually the path I’m looking to take is being an elected official,” he says, so he can help others see the potential in themselves, too.

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