Phillip Tucciarone, a UB chemical and biological engineering student, has won a Marshall Scholarship, one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded annually to U.S. college students.
Tucciarone is the first UB student to win a Marshall Scholarship since 1988; he’s also a 2013 recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.
Up to 40 American students are awarded Marshall Scholarships each year. Marshall Scholars can be found among CEOs, Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and members of the U.S. presidential cabinet.
The Marshall Scholarship will finance Tucciarone’s graduate study at a university in the United Kingdom, where he plans to study materials science.
“This feels incredible and is a wonderful surprise, to be honest,” says Tucciarone, who will leave for London in September. “The award secures an exciting academic future for me over the next four years and makes a statement about the value of public higher education.”
“The Marshall Scholarship is a mark of great distinction — these are not just some of the nation’s best and brightest young scholars, they are intellectually passionate, globally minded students dedicated to enriching the world around them,” says President Satish K. Tripathi. “This is exactly the kind of student that UB excels in educating.”