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Why become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar?

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program is a magnet for talent. We curate a multidisciplinary community of scholars, offer a platform for purposeful leadership development, and empower you to effect large-scale positive impact in the world.

Application Timeline

The pioneer class of Knight-Hennessy Scholars will apply by September 27, 2017, and enroll in fall 2018.

Admission Process

Apply separately to Knight-Hennessy Scholars and the graduate school program of your choice.

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New Leaders for New Challenges

We believe the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program will attract the most promising future leaders from all disciplines and geographies to Stanford University. Here, you will engage in a transformative experience comprising multidisciplinary education, leadership development, and achieving a global perspective. 

We are designing the Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission process with the goals of allowing you to know yourself better, enabling us to understand you, and empowering you to make your best case for admission - all while making the admission process itself a great experience for you.

A Distinctive Opportunity

Roughly 2,000 graduate students enroll at Stanford each year. All of you are amazing. 100 of you (50 in the inaugural year) will be Knight-Hennessy Scholars. If you aspire to become a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you'll be in good company. 

From Many Backgrounds, One Cohort

Your fellow Scholars will span all seven schools at Stanford. The student and faculty community of your home department will be your primary affiliation, and the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program will provide you with access to unique additional opportunities to develop, grow, and learn.
Your fellow Knight-Hennessy Scholars will join Stanford from colleges and universities throughout the world, from a wide array of disciplines and professional experiences, and with a breadth of background, belief, and aspiration. This is a multifaceted community united by your shared potential for leadership, your belief in positive change, and your humility and kindness.
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Last updated September 27, 2017

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