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Clearwater grad named Rhodes Scholar




TALLAHASSEE --  Joe O'Shea, 21, of Clearwater, student body president at Florida State University, now has something else to add to his glittering resume of academic and community service accomplishments: Rhodes Scholar.

FSU announced Monday that O'Shea is one of 32 Rhodes scholars -- and the only one in Florida this year -- chosen from a pool of 764 applicants across the country. An honors student majoring in philosophy, O'Shea has a passion for health care policy and hopes to pursue a political career.

"I hope to spend the rest of my life resolving the inequalities in society so we can aim for a just world," O'Shea said."

O'Shea is the third Rhodes scholar in Florida State history and the second since 2005. He is one of four O'Shea children all currently attending FSU, and their father died last May, which added to his family responsibilities.

At a press conference in Tallahassee Monday, O'Shea was introduced by university president T.K. Wetherell, who said: "Joe, we're so proud of you. We are so happy for you." The FSU leader described O'Shea as "the type of guy you don't mind having a malt beverage with, or having your daughter date."

He will leave for Oxford University in October, and it will be his first trip overseas.

Read previous coverage of O'Shea and his siblings:

Father's spirit guides them

-- story and photo by Steve Bousquet, Tallahassee Bureau Chief

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:27am]


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