CLEMSON — It was a small step to the end zone, but a giant leap forward for Patrick Johnson.

The junior physics major received a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation during Clemson's homecoming football game against the University of Miami Saturday, Oct. 2.

Personally delivering the check was the 10th man to walk on the moon: Charles Moss Duke Jr., a retired Apollo astronaut and U.S. Air Force brigadier general.

Established in 1984 by the six surviving astronauts of America's original Mercury program, Astronaut Scholarship Foundation awards are given to students “who exhibit motivation, imagination and exceptional performance in the science or engineering field of their major.”

Johnson is the first Clemson student to have earned the scholarship. Only 20 universities have been selected to nominate students for the awards.

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