Auburn linebacker Ashton Richardson began his time at the university as a walk-on and he is now up for one of the most prestigious awards in the nation.
Richardson has been named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.
The Rhodes Scholarship is considered the “world’s most prestigious scholarship” by the likes of Time, Yale University Press, The McGill Reporter and Associated Press.
“I was overjoyed by it,” Richardson said. “Going into this process I didn’t understand how big a deal it was, but I found out it’s definitely life-changing thing.”
Recipients of the scholarship are provided the opportunity to do graduate work at the University of Oxford.
The linebacker is one of 13 finalists for the scholarship and could miss Auburn’s game against Alabama A&M for his interview with the District VII Selection Committee on November 17th.
Richardson has a 3.94 GPA and majors in Animal Sciences with hopes of becoming an equine surgeon. Richardson grew up helping his father raise quarter horses.
If selected for the scholarship he plans to get his masters degrees in biodiversity conservation and management, as well as environmental and climate change.
Congratulations to the young man from New Orleans. It’s great to see someone putting as much, if not more, effort in the classroom as they are on the football field. Richardson has set himself up for a great life after football and he has earned every bit of his personal success.