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McNair Student a Rhodes Scholar Finalist

His life story reads like the jacket of a book: a young boy who comes from a poverty-stricken and abusive family in a gang-infested neighborhood achieves success both academically and athletically through hard work and perseverance. But, like any good story, that’s just the beginning.

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Caylin Moore (photo courtesy of TCU Football)

Caylin Moore also is a 2016 Rhodes Scholar finalist.

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards program in the world. Each year, the Rhodes Committee selects 32 students from more than 320 United States colleges and universities to attend the University of Oxford in England.

Rhodes Scholars represent outstanding academic achievements, a strong character, commitment to others and the common good, and potential for leadership. Moore exemplifies each of these characteristics – and then some.

Scheduled to graduate in May, Moore is majoring in economics in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts and minoring in mathematics and sociology. He is the founder of TCU S.P.A.R.K. (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids), an outreach organization that inspires local youth in the community and emphasizes the importance of education, and has rallied his NCAA football teammates to serve as role models for students attending elementary schools in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Moore’s an active volunteer with LaDanian Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, the Relationship Empowerment Affirmation Leadership (REAL) Skills Network and a frequent guest speaker at nonprofit and community groups.

Moreover, Moore is a TCU Ronald E. McNair Program scholar, former finalist for the Truman Scholarship, one of the nation’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarships, and is also a finalist for the 2016 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State that encourages members of minority groups to join the Foreign Service.

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