Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive funding to attend a graduate program at Stanford University and form a multidisciplinary community “dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.”

The newly established Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will bring its first class of students to Stanford University in Fall 2018. The program “will annually identify a group of up to 100 high-achieving students from around the world with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment to receive full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford, with the goal of developing a new generation of global leaders.” The chosen scholars will create a cohort representing a variety of graduate programs: students admitted to Stanford’s law, medical, and business programs, as well as other graduate programs at the university, can become Knight-Hennessy Scholars. The program offers opportunities for leadership training, mentorship, and experiential learning.

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Selection Process: Applicants must apply to BOTH the Stanford graduate program they are considering as well as the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. Graduate program selection criteria vary; consult these requirements and deadlines carefully. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program application requires a transcript, standardized test scores, a resume, two letters of recommendation, two personal essays, two short-answer responses, and a video submission.  Finalists are invited to the Stanford campus for an in-person assessment.

Institutional Assessment: Students enrolled in college at the time of application can obtain guidance and must receive an institutional assessment as part of the application process; recent alums should also work with the Lewis & Clark Academic Awards and Fellowships office on this process. Students seeking this assessment for the 2017 application should be in touch with the campus contact well in advance of the deadline below.

Deadline: September for campus assessment

Campus Contact: Karen Gross, Fellowships Advisor 


Citizens from any country may apply.  Scholars must have received a first/bachelor’s degree before they enroll at Stanford, no later than four years before applying. 

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