FSU grad student Garrett Johnson got a lump in his throat when he learned he’d been named a Rhodes Scholar. The scholarship pays for study at Great Britain’s prestigious Oxford University. Only 31 other students in the country received the honor this year.
Garret says, "It's a tremendous responsibility and burden, a now-you-got-to-do-something-with-your-life kind of feeling."
At 21, Johnson has already done a lot. He holds several track and field records at FSU for shot put and also competes at discus throwing.
He graduated Magna Cum Laude in three years with a double major in political science and English after surviving a life-threatening blood disorder.
Johnson also works part-time as a legislative aide to Jeb Bush. The governor was thrilled to hear of his latest achievement.
Gov. Jeb Bush says, "That is really cool. This is one of the finest young men I've ever met. He's been a great worker in our office, great athlete, student athlete at FSU, and now he's going to be a Rhodes Scholar."
Johnson has also worked with impoverished families in Haiti. He hopes being a Rhodes Scholar will allow him to shine a spotlight on the crisis of poverty that affects millions of people around the world.
Garret Johnson says, "People are more apt to listen. It provides you a platform to say what you want to say and hopefully I'll be able to contribute to bringing poverty issues to the forefront of not only the American consciousness, but also the world."
Johnson also hopes to compete in the 2008 Olympics.