JSU student is Rhodes Scholar finalist

Article and video via WAPT; photo from HBCU Gameday

JACKSON, Miss. — Jordan Jefferson is a senior at Jackson State University studying political science. He serves as the student body president, plays football, and is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Now, Jefferson can add another honor to his long list of accomplishments: a Rhodes Scholar finalist.

Jefferson said he and his mom have talked about him becoming a Rhodes Scholar since he was in the third grade.

“This is the Heisman award for academics. It’s a world-renowned award.” Jefferson told 16 WAPT’s Marcus Hunter. “For me to be the first from my school, it gives me a hope in a sense of ‘Wow, I could possibly do that as well.'”

If Jefferson is selected as a Rhodes Scholar, he would be the first-ever JSU student to receive the prestigious award.

Jefferson said, “This is a community award. I am trying to win this scholarship so I can better where I am from and better my city.”

Jefferson will interview for the scholarship one final time on Nov. 22 and 23 in Birmingham, Alabama.