While he is no longer playing football, I figured this would be something of interest. Former football player Chris Joseph won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. The Rhodes Scholarship is given to 32 students each year and provides the opportunity for those students to study for 2 or 3 years at Oxford in England.
Joseph started for two seasons at offensive guard before moving to center for his senior season (2007). A two-time first-team Academic All-American, he graduated in June of 2008 with a 3.95 grade-point average. He majored in Geography with a focus on the complex social and scientific causes of deforestation. At Oxford, he plans to do his Masters of Philosophy in Geography.
The final interview process, which took place Saturday, was an all-day process. You can read about Joseph's account of the process here. The candidates began the interview process at 8:45 am and did not find out the results until 9:30 pm.
"We sat in that room until 9:30 pm, when the committee members came into the room. We all stood in a circle and the committee members thanked us for our participation and then announced the two recipients. The first was Scott Hugo, who also goes to UCLA. Then they announced my name. I was stunned. It took about 10-15 seconds for me to realize they had said my name.
This is an amazing accomplishment and it's great to see Joseph rewarded for his hard work in the class room. It's also great to see Hugo, who has ties to UCLA athletics, rewarded as well.
In addition, Scott Hugo, a UCLA senior majoring in Political Science and History, is also a Rhodes Scholar recipient. He is a starter on the UCLA rugby club team and is a junior member of Phi Beta Kappa. He will pursue his Masters of Philosophy in International Relations.
Congratulations to both of them and best of luck in England. Once again we see that UCLA is where champions are made, on and off the field.