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CFO Sink Honors FSU Rhodes Scholar at Florida Cabinet Meeting

1/27/2009

CONTACT:  Kevin Cate or Jayme O’Rourke
850-413-2842       

Esteemed student to study at University of Oxford, England
 
TALLAHASSEE – Florida Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink today recognized the achievements of Myron Rolle, a Florida State University (FSU) graduate who was recently awarded the Rhodes Scholarship, at Tuesday’s meeting of the Florida Cabinet.  Rolle is the only football player and the third FSU student to win a Rhodes scholarship in the last four years.
 
Presenting him with a framed resolution, CFO Sink applauded Rolle’s stellar academic and athletic accomplishments.
 
“By being awarded the highly competitive and coveted Rhodes Scholarship, Myron has brought immense pride to his family, Florida State University and the people of Florida,” said CFO Sink, who oversees the Department of Financial Services (DFS).  “Florida’s young people have a tremendous role model in Myron Rolle.”
 
The prestigious Rhodes Scholarship program was created in 1902 and is the oldest international study award available to students. Rolle won the scholarship based on his research of the metabolic profile of stem and cancer cells and his development of a program on diabetes and obesity for children at the Brighton Charter School on the Seminole Tribe reservation.
 
Aspiring to both the National Football League and medical school, Rolle played as a safety with FSU, completed all necessary pre-medical requirements, and was able to graduate in just 2.5 years with a 3.75 grade point average, earning a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Despite helping the Florida State Seminoles reach many football victories, Rolle is postponing his NFL aspirations to study at the University of Oxford.
 
Rolle was joined at the resolution ceremony by his family and representatives from Florida State University. His mother, Beverly Rolle, is a DFS employee working in the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Tallahassee.

As a statewide elected officer of the Florida Cabinet, Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink oversees the Department of Financial Services, a multi-division state agency responsible for management of state
funds and unclaimed property, assisting consumers who request information and help related to financial services, and investigating financial fraud. CFO Sink also serves as the State Fire Marshal.