Internal deadline: September 4, 2017
National deadline: September 27, 2017 (1 PM PST)

Eligibility requirements:
• US and international students accepted
• Final year for first/bachelor's degree or within 4 years of earning first/bachelor's degree.
• Must enroll/apply in a full-time graduate degree program at Stanford.
• No minimum GPA or test scores. Exceptional academic achievement is preferred.
• English language proficiency.
• Must complete both Knight-Hennessy Scholars application and entire application process for graduate degree program.

Award summary and conditions: The Knight- Hennessy Scholars program is a new graduate- level scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing our world. Each recipient will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at one of Stanford's 125+ graduate programs. The Knight -Hennessy Scholars program has a distinctly multidisciplinary focus, and will provide opportunities for leadership training, mentorship and cohort-based experiential learning. The goal is to empower Knight-Hennessy Scholars to navigate across business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sectors.

We expect about two-thirds of Knight- Hennessy Scholars to come from outside the United States, including rising leaders from the developing world who would not otherwise have a path to this kind of education. The funding comprises tuition and associated fees; on-campus room and board; books, supplies, instructional materials; health insurance and associated fees; round-trip air travel to Stanford; local transportation; and reasonable personal expenses.

Primary admission criteria:
• Independence of thought
• Purposeful leadership
• Civic commitment

Application materials (Online submission of all materials):

A complete and successfully submitted online application
Uploaded unofficial or self-reported transcript of your academic performance for each institution you attended for an academic year or longer.
Scores for standardized tests for admission, as required by the graduate degree program you are pursuing.
Two electronic letters of recommendation. Two individuals who know the candidate well to write letters of reference providing specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of your ability and determination to make a difference.
Two personal essays. There are no word limits for the essays. A range of 750-1,750 words is sufficient for both essays, in total.
Two short-answer responses
One page current resume/CV.
Video story no longer than two minutes. Gives a chance to introduce candidate and present a different view of the person that has been "met" in candidate's application. Candidate picks one of three questions to answer.
In-person assessment. Finalist will be invited to visit Stanford (paid for by the program) for Immersion Weekend, that will give candidate a chance to learn more about their graduate degree program, about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, about Stanford University, about other fellow Scholars, and about themselves.

Faculty Representative: Keith Raether

Selection process:
• December 15, 2017: Approximate date finalists notified
• January 19-21, 2018: Interviews
• February 15, 2018: Approximate date selected candidates notified