About Knight-Hennessy Scholars
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Each year the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will identify a group of 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 Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. For additional information, visit the Knight-Hennessy website.
- 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 2020 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).
You can apply directly through the Knight-Hennessy website. The application includes the following components:
- Background information
- One page résumé
- Transcript(s) (can be unofficial or self-reported)
- Recommendation letters (2) (see Advice for Recommenders)
- Short-answer responses (3)
- 1) What are your immediate and long-term intentions after graduating from Stanford?
- 2) Please tell us eight improbable facts (things that are unlikely but true) about you.
- 3) Please tell us when you: made someone proud of you, were most challenged, did not meet expectations.
- Essays (2) (1,000 words maximum for both essays combined)
- 1) Connect the dots. How have the influences in your life shaped you?
- 2) How will your Stanford education and your Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience prepare you to realize your intentions?
- Video supplement (after submitting application only)
- 1) Teach something to your cohort of fellowship Knight-Hennessy Scholars.
Campus Advisement Process
Academic Honors and Fellowships is committed to helping motivated applicants (including current USC undergraduates and recent alumni) and will offer application feedback throughout June and July.
To schedule an appointment, you must prepare drafts of all application materials for AHF staff to review. Your drafts do not have to be perfect, but it is expected that you present complete materials. Please note that AHF staff need at least one week to review your materials before meeting.
- May 1, 2019: Knight-Hennessy Scholars application opens. Your graduate program application likely will not be available in the summer, unless you are considering the MBA or MD programs.
- June – July, 2019: USC campus advisement process. Complete the summer advising request form for application feedback.
- October 9, 2019 (1:00 PM PST): Knight-Hennessy Scholars application deadline.
- September – November, 2019: Most graduate degree program applications open. Application deadlines vary. Check your graduate program for more information.
- January 15, 2020: Knight-Hennessy Finalist decisions announced.
- February 7-8, 2020: Finalists attend Immersion Weekend.
- Spring 2020: Knight-Hennessy Scholars selected.
- Knight-Hennessy Scholars Website Interested applicants must complete an extensive review of the website with special attention to the following pages in advance of submitting their application:
- USC Knight-Hennessy Newsletter Receive updates from AHF about the Knight-Hennessy application process, including best practices, general guidance, and deadline reminders. You will receive biweekly newsletters from June – August of the application cycle. OPT IN
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