The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program has announced 69 students from around the world for its second cohort of scholars. Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive full funding for graduate study at Stanford. The final cohort profile will be available after May 1.
The 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars will pursue graduate degrees across the university at all seven of Stanford’s schools, with 27 percent earning degrees in Humanities and Sciences; 20 percent in Medicine; 19 percent in Engineering; 17 percent in Law; 12 percent in Business; 4 percent in Education; and 1 percent in Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences.
The program aims to develop an interdisciplinary community of future global leaders to address the world’s most complex challenges through collaboration and innovation.
“We are impressed and humbled by what this new cohort of scholars has already achieved and inspired by their deeply rooted commitment to effect positive and lasting change in the world,” said John L. Hennessy, the Shriram Family Director of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.
While all of the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars have been admitted by graduate programs at Stanford, the students have until standard departmental deadlines in April to accept admission offers. Short profiles of students who have indicated their tentative plans to become Knight-Hennessy Scholars can be found here.
This year, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program received 4,424 applications, an increase of 23 percent from 2018. The primary selection criteria used to evaluate applicants were independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset.
A provisional profile of the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars is as follows:
The program plans to increase the annual intake of scholars to 100 in coming years. The 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars application will open on May 1.
To continue expanding the disciplinary and geographic diversity of Knight-Hennessy Scholar cohorts, the program plans to host international outreach sessions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South America.
When the inaugural cohort of 51 Knight-Hennessy Scholars arrived on campus last fall, they were welcomed at Denning House, their convening hub on campus. There, scholars and distinguished visitors gather for meetings, seminars, discussions and regular dinners.
In addition to pursuing graduate studies, Knight-Hennessy Scholars participate in experiential learning through the King Global Leadership Program, which provides a collection of community experiences, workshops, meetings with leaders, global study trips and personal development opportunities.
The program, announced in 2016, is named for Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet Inc. and president of Stanford from 2000 to 2016, and Phil Knight, MBA ’62, philanthropist and co-founder of Nike Inc. For more information visit the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website.