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Criteria

There’s neither a typical Stanford student nor one ideal Knight-Hennessy Scholar. As Phil Knight would say, we’re seeking Scholars who can out-think, out-work, and out-care others.

What We're Looking For

If you remember only one thing from this admission section, please remember this: to be selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you must apply separately to the Stanford graduate degree program you wish to pursue in addition to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program. You should check each department's website for a sense of what it seeks in candidates.

For Knight-Hennessy Scholars, we look primarily at three areas:

1. Independence of Thought

  • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
  • Full of original ideas
  • Makes sense of ambiguous situations
  • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view

2. Purposeful Leadership

  • Ambitious, in the best sense of the word
  • Driven to improve self
  • Willing to take risks
  • Bounces back from adversity

3. Civic Mindset

  • Personally humble and kind
  • Inclusive
  • Open to differences
  • Concerned for and helpful to others

Where we find evidence of these criteria is throughout your application materials and, if you are selected as a finalist, at Immersion Weekend. The application will be available May 1, 2017. We look forward to getting to know you, what you have done, your influences, ideals, hopes and dreams.

 

Last modified 6 February 2017

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