Next goal for USF's Boggs: Rhodes Scholar
USF senior soccer player Zak Boggs, who earned the Big East's highest academic honor last year while helping the Bulls to a conference championship, now has his sights on something much bigger: becoming the school's first Rhodes Scholar.
Boggs, who graduated last fall with a 4.0 grade-point average in biomedical sciences and is pursuing a Master's degree in marketing, is in the process of applying for a Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most respected collegiate academic accolades for more than a century.
"Why I think he really has a shot is his integrity," said Amy Haworth, USF's associate athletic director for academics. "It's truly a delight to have someone who is so focused in his commitment to education, with broad interests and broad excellence. He is heads and tails above what is expected."
Boggs, the soccer team's top returning scorer, was honored as the Big East's Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year last season, earning a $4,000 scholarship. He recently met with USF president Judy Genshaft to discuss his application after the dean of USF's Honors College suggested he apply.
According to the scholarship's official site, there are four criteria by which prospective scholars are measured: "literary and scholastic attainments; energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports; truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship; and moral force of character and instincts to lead, and to take an interest in one’s fellow beings."
His application is due Oct. 5, with the interview process to follow in November. Florida State football player Myron Rolle was named as a Rhodes Scholar last year, putting off a future career in the NFL to study abroad at Oxford University as part of the scholarship program. Boggs admits that for all the academic prestige that comes with the award, the athlete in him is just as excited about the possibility.
"It's pretty crazy," Boggs said of the thought of being USF's first Rhodes Scholar. "And you get to go over to England. With the soccer over there, it'd be cool to be immersed in that culture."