Caylin Moore named 2017 Rhodes Scholar

Texas Christian University senior Caylin Moore is one of 32 recipients across the United States to receive the opportunity to study next fall at Oxford University, where he will complete his graduate studies in public policy and business administration.

Caylin Moore (Photo courtesy TCU Football)

Caylin Moore (Photo courtesy TCU Football)

Moore overcame a number of obstacles to earn an academic scholarship at TCU. His life story reads like the jacket of a book: a young man who comes from a poverty-stricken and abusive family in a gang-infested neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles who has achieved success both academically and athletically through hard work and perseverance. He began his undergraduate studies at Marist College in New York, where he also played football. He transferred to TCU before start of the 2015 season and is a safety on the Horned Frogs football team.

Moore, who has a 3.9 grade-point average, also was offered the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship.

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 is an active volunteer with LaDanian Tomlinson’s Touching Lives Foundation, the Relationship Empowerment Affirmation Leadership (REAL) Skills Network and is a frequent guest speaker at nonprofit and community groups. He was recently named to the 25th-Anniversary Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Additionally, he was a finalist for the 2016 Big 12 Conference Sportsperson of the Year.

Moore joins an elite group of TCU students, including Josh Simpson ’14 and Matthew Freedman ’06, recent Rhodes Scholar finalists, and Pete Larson ’75, the university’s other Rhodes Scholar.