Holland High grad David Moore named Rhodes scholar

Amy Biolchini
Holland Sentinel
A Holland High School graduate is one of 32 U.S. college students who was named a Rhodes scholar Sunday, Nov. 23, by the Rhodes Trust.
Rhodes scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the prestigious Oxford University in England. The value of a scholarship averages to about $50,000 a year.
Holland native David Moore, 23, is a mechanical engineering graduate student at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated last year from U-M summa cum laude with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Moore was a four-year member of the U-M men’s swim team, of which he was captain his senior year. He is a three-time recipient of the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award.
“We’re not down to earth yet,” said David’s father, M. Scott Moore, of Holland.
At Michigan, David Moore worked in several labs where he helped design devices that helped people in their daily lives — including a wheelchair device that helped people access their backpacks with the push of a button.
At Oxford, David Moore said he plans to complete a one-year master’s degree program in computer science engineering and then spend a second year earning his Master of Business Administration degree.
“My goal is to lead a company or start a company that’s committed to innovation that will help the world and make people happier,” David Moore said.
David was able to enter college with 28 credits due to the opportunities that Holland High offered through Advanced Placement classes and Hope College classes.
“The Holland Public Schools system prepared me incredibly for my career at Michigan and beyond,” David Moore said. “The level of support and guidance I got with the athletics in Holland from the soccer team to the swim program — I couldn’t have done it without that level of time management I got from my coaches and teammates.”
The family has been “giddy” with excitement, M. Scott Moore said.
“It was a long application process. At each step, you’re saying, ‘Are we shooting in the dark here?’” M. Scott Moore said.

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