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Program Overview

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Knight-Hennessy scholars develop deep domain expertise in their Stanford graduate program, and build on this domain expertise through exposure to a wide range of disciplines and cultures within the Knight-Hennessy Scholars (KHS) community. Scholars participate in the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP), which includes workshops, lectures, projects, and experiences that strengthen transformational leadership capabilities. Through KGLP, scholars collaborate and prepare to address important challenges and opportunities facing the world, such as climate change, healthcare, government and policy, and education.

Leadership Development

Funded by a generous gift from Dorothy and Robert King, MBA ’60, the King Global Leadership Program (KGLP) provides a diverse menu of offerings that scholars tune to meet their academic schedules and leadership goals. The Kings' contribution provides support for the leadership development programming for Knight-Hennessy Scholars.

John Hennessy and Tina Seelig

Through KGLP, scholars strengthen their multicultural and multidisciplinary perspective and develop leadership skills and traits, including creative problem solving, decision making during uncertainty, effective collaboration, and how to communicate ideas in a compelling way.


Denning House is the home for Knight-Hennessy Scholars. It serves as the convening hub for the community, enabling scholars to learn together and share ideas and experiences. 

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The pace and pressure of graduate studies is often intense. The KHS team and fellow scholars provide a community that affords support and encouragement along the way. KHS provides open office hours and frequent social gatherings so scholars can thrive through connection with others.


Knight-Hennessy scholars receive up to three years of funding to pursue graduate studies at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, DMA, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees.

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