Kobi Felton conducts research into quantum dots on Centennial Campus. Photos by Marc Hall.

World-Class Scholar

By the time Kobi Felton finished high school, he’d lived on three continents. Born in Illinois, Felton moved with his family to Texas and then to Qatar on the Arabian Peninsula. From there he and his family moved to Nigeria in West Africa. When he returned to the United States to go to college in 2014, he enrolled at NC State because “it was the place that felt most like home.”

Next fall the chemical engineering major will take up residence on yet another continent as he pursues master’s degrees at the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London as a 2018 Marshall Scholar.

Felton is just the third NC State student to receive the prestigious scholarship, established by the British parliament in 1953 to give top American students the opportunity to earn graduate degrees in the United Kingdom. The scholarship is named for American soldier and statesman George C. Marshall, who designed the European Recovery Program that helped rebuild Europe after World War II.

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Originally published December, 2017. Written by Matt Hunt.


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