Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program
Internal deadline: September 4, 2017
National deadline: September 27, 2017 (1 PM PST)
• 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
• December 15, 2017: Approximate date finalists notified
• January 19-21, 2018: Interviews
• February 15, 2018: Approximate date selected candidates notified