The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program has announced 68 students from around the world for its second cohort of scholars. Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive full funding for graduate study at Stanford.
The 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars will pursue graduate degrees across the university at all seven of Stanford’s schools, with 26 percent earning degrees in Humanities and Sciences; 19 percent in Medicine; 22 percent in Engineering; 16 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.
Short profiles of the 2019 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 profile of the 2019 Knight-Hennessy Scholars follows:
The program plans to increase the annual intake to up to 90 scholars for 2020 and to 100 scholars in coming years. The 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars application opened May 1 and is due October 10.
To continue expanding the disciplinary and geographic diversity of Knight-Hennessy Scholars cohorts, the program plans to host international outreach sessions throughout 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, 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.
Alyssa Morrison, Knight-Hennessy Scholars: +1 (650) 721-0771, firstname.lastname@example.org