About the Scholarship
- apply to enroll in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (e.g., JD, MA, MBA, MD, MS, or PhD) or plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (e.g., MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).
- have received their first Bachelor’s degree in 2014 or later
- plan to enroll in a Stanford graduate program in 2021 or later.
- meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that they wish to pursue. Applicants must complete the entire application process for the graduate department – including any standardized test that the discipline requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars are evaluated on three main areas: 1) Independence of Thought, 2) Purposeful Leadership and 3) Civic Mindset.
To be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you must apply separately to the Stanford graduate degree program you wish to pursue in addition to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. You cannot be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar if the department doesn’t admit you (though the department may admit you even if you’re not selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar).
AHF does not provide individual advisement for this award at this time. Please consider reaching out to a faculty mentor and/or a previous Knight-Hennessy recipient for mentorship. A list of Knight-Hennessey awardees can be found on the program's Meet the Scholars page.
We also recommend attending a Knight-Hennessy admission event to help strengthen your application and making an appointment with The Writing Center for feedback on statements.
If invited for a finalist interview, USC candidates are welcome to reach out to schedule a mock interview at that time with AHF staff.