March 2, 2024
Annapolis, US 50 F

Midshipman named Rhodes Scholar

USNASealMidshipman 1st Class (senior) Megan Musilli, 21, of El Dorado Hills, Calif.,  has been selected as the Naval Academy’s 49th Rhodes Scholar.  Nearly 900 applicants were endorsed by over 300 schools for one of the 32 scholarships awarded this year. 

Musilli is an honors mathematics major at the Naval Academy, researching the concept of genetic algorithms and state machines in data compression. She has also performed research on traumatic brain injury and CT scanning techniques at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and satellite tracking at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. At the academy, Musilli has served as a squad leader, platoon leader and regimental commander. She studied at Koç University in Istanbul on semester exchange during her 2nd Class (junior) year and served on the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort during the 2015 humanitarian deployment to Panama and El Salvador. Musilli plans to pursue a Master of Science in medical anthropology at Oxford. Musilli will attend medical school after graduating from Oxford to become a Navy Physician.

“Midshipman 1st Class (senior) Megan Musilli has excelled in every way in a very demanding academic and military environment,” said Naval Academy Academic Dean and Provost Dr. Andrew Phillips. “We are proud of what she has done to earn this recognition while majoring in Honors Mathematics. Megan will be an exceptional Rhodes Scholar and an exceptional leader in the Fleet, and we’re pleased that the Academy has had a part in preparing her for both roles.”

Rhodes Scholarships provide two to three years of study at the University of Oxford in England.  Rhodes Scholars are chosen based on high academic achievement, integrity of character, a spirit of unselfishness, respect for others, potential for leadership and physical vigor.  The value of the

Rhodes Scholarship varies depending on the academic field, the degree pursued, and the college chosen at Oxford.  The Rhodes Trust pays all college and university fees, provides a stipend to cover necessary expenses while in residence in Oxford as well as during vacations, and transportation to and from England. 

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