MIT senior Võ Tiến Phong, from York, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Marshall Scholarship to attend a university in the United Kingdom. Established in 1953, the Marshall Scholarship is granted to up to 40 American students each year. The scholarship finances graduate education at a U.K. academic institution and is open to talented students in all fields of study.
At MIT, Võ re-established and leads the campus-based Gates Millennium Scholars organization, where he works to provide other scholars from disadvantaged backgrounds with professional opportunities and academic support. The group also engages in outreach and mentorship to local low-income and first-generation high school students. Kimberly Benard, assistant director for Global Education and Career Development Distinguished Fellowships, says, “Phong represents the very best of MIT through his leadership, scholarship, and compassion. His vision includes not only answering important scientific questions but also making physics education more accessible in places such as his home country of Vietnam.”