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CBE Grad Goes Coast-to-Coast as Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Tasimba Jonga.Senior Tasimba Jonga has a lot to celebrate as he finishes his chemical engineering major degree this spring. He moves forward into graduate studies as a prestigious Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.

Jonga is the first UT graduate to become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar since the program’s founding in 2016, and is among 70 students from 27 countries for the 2022 cohort. This highly competitive scholarship has an acceptance rate that typically falls between 1–2%. These scholars have demonstrated exceptional leadership in multiple disciplines, addressing complex challenges facing the world. They receive up to three years of graduate school tuition, a living stipend, and travel funding.

“I foresee my experience in the Knight-Hennessy community as a critical next step in effecting economic change of this scope and magnitude,” said Jonga. “Stanford and the Knight-Hennessy Scholar experience are the perfect incubation environments for learning how to do this.”