TCU Graduate and Rhodes Scholar Caylin Moore on Campus September 11
Shannon Rossman Allen
Caylin Moore, a recent Texas Christian University graduate, will speak to FWCD students in all divisions on Monday, September 11. He will meet with Lower School students in the Lower School Atrium at 9 a.m., with Middle School students in the Amon G. Carter Foundation Commons at 9:30 a.m. and with Upper School students at 10:10 a.m. during announcements period in the Upper School Commons. He will share the story of his childhood—how his mother and a teacher who believed in him pushed him to be a better person—as well as what it means to be a Rhodes Scholar and what he will study at Oxford University beginning next month.
Moore comes from Compton/Carson, California. His mother, CeJai Taylor, was determined to overcome financial struggles, horrific circumstances surrounding the father of her daughter and two sons (Moore’s father is serving a life sentence), domestic abuse and hunger. Hunger that Moore overcame by doing “push-ups to take the pain from my stomach and make it pain in my arms,” he said.
Taylor stressed academics and sports to keep Moore away from the streets, having him play football in the Snoop Dogg Youth Football League. There, he was inspired by his coaches and teachers. As a result, Moore survived, thrived and achieved on the football field and in the classroom to ultimately become a campus leader and Division I football player at Marist College and then TCU.
Moore was selected to the Fulbright Summer Institute to study the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade at the University of Bristol in 2014, where he studied abroad in England. The following year, he was chosen to attend the PPIA Junior Summer Institute at Princeton University, before beginning school at TCU in fall 2015. After working as a janitor during his time at Marist College, Moore played strong safety at TCU in 2015 and 2016. He immediately found a way to impact the football team and the Fort Worth community upon arrival, and he never looked back.
He is the founder and president of TCU's “S.P.A.R.K.” (Strong Players Are Reaching Kids),an outreach organization of student-athletes that encourages opportunity for youth to attend college, as well as a past volunteer middle school teacher for the Children’s Defense Fund, Freedom School. As a result of earning the 2017 Rhodes scholarship, Moore will attend Oxford University in the United Kingdom beginning in October to pursue a Master of Science in Sociology and then a Master’s of Public Policy/MBA. He is currently writing a book that will detail his journey: It Won't Make Sense On Paper.
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