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Admitted Scholars

This page offers brief details on the individuals admitted to the 2020 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Details are listed in order of name, hometown, undergraduate institution, and graduate degree at Stanford to be pursued upon acceptance of admission. Check back on May 4 for the official announcement of the 2020 cohort. For media inquiries, please email Rosa Pyun; for questions regarding the program, please email us.


2020 Cohort

Shirin Abrishami Kashani

Hometown
Düsseldorf, Germany
Undergraduate Institution
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (Munich, Germany)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Jude Alawa

Hometown
Miami, FL, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Yale University (New Haven, CT, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine

Anela Arifi

Hometown
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Undergraduate Institution
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Environment and Resources
School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Siranush Babakhanova

Hometown
Yerevan, Armenia
Undergraduate Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Biophysics
School of Humanities and Sciences

Misha Baitemirova

Hometown
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Undergraduate Institution
University of St. Thomas (Houston, TX, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Biomedical Informatics
School of Medicine

Sarah Baran

Hometown
Independence, OH, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Georgetown University (Washington, DC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Aaron Berman

Hometown
Rockville, MD, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Yale University (New Haven, CT, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Economics
School of Humanities and Sciences

Keller Blackwell

Hometown
San Bernardino, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of South Florida (Tampa, FL, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Computer Science
School of Engineering

Theodora Bruun

Hometown
Helsinki, Finland
Undergraduate Institution
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine
PhD in Biochemistry
School of Medicine

Cyrus Buckman

Hometown
Accra, Ghana
Undergraduate Institution
Earlham College (Richmond, IN, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine

Josue Chirinos

Hometown
Pasadena, TX, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine

Alex Chow

Hometown
Singapore, Singapore
Undergraduate Institution
University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Sociology
School of Humanities and Sciences

Robert Chun

Hometown
Oak Brook, IL, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business
JD
Stanford Law School

Savannah Cofer

Hometown
Columbus, OH, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Rice University (Houston, TX, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
School of Engineering

Azza Cohen

Hometown
Highland Park, IL, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MFA in Documentary Film and Video
School of Humanities and Sciences

Jordan Conger

Hometown
Bend, OR, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Oregon State University (Corvallis, OR, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business
MS in Environment and Resources
School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Ross Dahlke

Hometown
Westfield, WI, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of Wisconsin–Madison (Madison, WI, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Communication
School of Humanities and Sciences

AnnaMaria Dear

Hometown
Lawndale, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
United States Military Academy (West Point, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics
School of Engineering

Max Denning

Hometown
London, United Kingdom
Undergraduate Institution
University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Tessa Denning

Hometown
London, United Kingdom
Undergraduate Institution
University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Jenni Depew

Hometown
Appleton, WI, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (Oshkosh, WI, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in History
School of Humanities and Sciences

Maya DiRado Andrews

Hometown
Santa Rosa, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Maya Durvasula

Hometown
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Duke University (Durham, NC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Economics
School of Humanities and Sciences
JD
Stanford Law School

Tania Fabo

Hometown
Saugus, MA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD/PhD
School of Medicine

Juanita Fonseca

Hometown
Bogotá, Colombia
Undergraduate Institution
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Bogotá, Colombia)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
LLM
Stanford Law School

Dakota Foster

Hometown
Brunswick, ME, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Amherst College (Amherst, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Hans Gaebler

Hometown
Milwaukee, WI, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Computational and Mathematical Engineering
School of Engineering

Dani Gajardo

Hometown
Santiago, Chile
Undergraduate Institution
Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Management Science and Engineering
School of Engineering

Michal Gala

Hometown
Gliwice, Poland
Undergraduate Institution
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Chemical Engineering
School of Engineering

Devyn Greenberg

Hometown
New York, NY, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Todd Hall

Hometown
Jersey City, NJ, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Williams College (Williamstown, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Economics of Education
Graduate School of Education

Tom Handley

Hometown
London, United Kingdom
Undergraduate Institution
University of Oxford (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Health Policy
School of Medicine

Andrew Leon Hanna

Hometown
Jacksonville, FL, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Duke University (Durham, NC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Levi Hord

Hometown
London, Canada
Undergraduate Institution
University of Western Ontario (London, Canada)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Modern Thought and Literature
School of Humanities and Sciences

Gracie Hornsby

Hometown
Franklin, NC, United States
Undergraduate Institution
North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering

Jeremy Hunt

Hometown
Johns Creek, GA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
United States Military Academy (West Point, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Huzaafa

Hometown
Srinagar, India
Undergraduate Institution
University of Kashmir (Srinagar, India)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Anthropology
School of Humanities and Sciences

Nadine Jawad

Hometown
Dearborn, MI, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine

Jenny Jiao

Hometown
Columbus, OH, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Duke University (Durham, NC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Sydney Jordan

Hometown
Manassas, VA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Yannai Kashtan

Hometown
Oakland, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Pomona College (Claremont, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Chemistry
School of Humanities and Sciences

Elizabeth Keto

Hometown
Chevy Chase, MD, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Art History
School of Humanities and Sciences

Me Me Khant

Hometown
Yangon, Myanmar
Undergraduate Institution
Centre College (Danville, KY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Rebecca Kuang

Hometown
Dallas, TX, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Georgetown University (Washington, DC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Chinese
School of Humanities and Sciences

Amanda Leavell

Hometown
Houston, TX, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Princeton University (Princeton, NJ, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Lucas Levine

Hometown
Lafayette, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Ali Malik

Hometown
Lahore, Pakistan
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Computer Science
School of Engineering

Fanele Mashwama

Hometown
Ezulwini, Swaziland
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Economics
School of Humanities and Sciences
PhD in Finance
Graduate School of Business

Fauzan Reza Maulana

Hometown
Jakarta, Indonesia
Undergraduate Institution
Institut Teknologi Bandung (Bandung, Indonesia)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering
School of Engineering

Killian McDonald

Hometown
Columbia, SC, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Clemson University (Clemson, SC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Bruno Morato Faria

Hometown
São Paulo, Brazil
Undergraduate Institution
Universidade de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Maddy Morlino

Hometown
Moorestown, NJ, United States
Undergraduate Institution
United States Air Force Academy (U.S. Air Force Academy, CO, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Aya Mouallem

Hometown
Beirut, Lebanon
Undergraduate Institution
American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering

Briana Mullen

Hometown
Concord, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
Graduate School of Education

Garrett Muscatel

Hometown
Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Rahul Nagvekar

Hometown
Sugar Land, TX, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Yale University (New Haven, CT, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Genetics
School of Medicine

Viet Andy Nguyen

Hometown
Mountain View, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Brown University (Providence, RI, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Conor O'Meara

Hometown
Galway, Ireland
Undergraduate Institution
Trinity College Dublin (Dublin 2, Ireland)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Netra Unni Rajesh

Hometown
Toronto, Canada
Undergraduate Institution
University of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Bioengineering
School of Engineering

Hari Ramachandran

Hometown
Chennai, India
Undergraduate Institution
Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (Chennai, India)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Materials Science and Engineering
School of Engineering

Neil Rens

Hometown
San Diego, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Jeffrey Reppucci

Hometown
Newburyport, MA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
College of the Holy Cross (Worcester, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business
MPP
School of Humanities and Sciences

Olivia Rosenthal

Hometown
New York, NY, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Yale University (New Haven, CT, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Callan Russell

Hometown
McDonough, GA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of Georgia (Athens, GA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Human Genetics and Genetic Counseling
School of Medicine

Emily Russell

Hometown
St. Clair, MI, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Political Science
School of Humanities and Sciences

Andrej Safundzic

Hometown
Bad Reichenhall, Germany
Undergraduate Institution
Technical University of Munich (Munich, Germany)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Computer Science
School of Engineering
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Ashwyn Sam

Hometown
Chennai, India
Undergraduate Institution
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics
School of Engineering

Ann Sarnak

Hometown
Princeton, NJ, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Yale University (New Haven, CT, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Kara Schechtman

Hometown
Scarsdale, NY, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Columbia University (New York, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Symbolic Systems
School of Humanities and Sciences

Arelena Shala

Hometown
Prizren, Kosovo
Undergraduate Institution
United States Military Academy (West Point, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Aaron Spikol

Hometown
Allentown, PA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
United States Military Academy (West Point, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Political Science
School of Humanities and Sciences
JD
Stanford Law School

Camila Strassle

Hometown
Pasadena, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Christopher Stromeyer

Hometown
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Undergraduate Institution
Georgetown University (Washington, DC, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MBA
Graduate School of Business

Eric Sun

Hometown
Pueblo, CO, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Harvard University (Cambridge, MA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Biomedical Informatics
School of Medicine

Dhruv Suri

Hometown
Delhi, India
Undergraduate Institution
Manipal University (Manipal, India)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MS in Energy Resources Engineering
School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences

Amanda Urke

Hometown
Medina, MN, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD/PhD
School of Medicine

Maike van Niekerk

Hometown
Corner Brook, Canada
Undergraduate Institution
Dalhousie University (Halifax, Canada)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MD
School of Medicine

Maya Varma

Hometown
Cupertino, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
Stanford University (Stanford, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Computer Science
School of Engineering

Anna Vladymyrska

Undergraduate Institution
Columbia University (New York, NY, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences

Darion Wallace

Hometown
Inglewood, CA, United States
Undergraduate Institution
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Race, Inequality, and Language in Education
Graduate School of Education

George Wilson

Hometown
Lome, Togo
Undergraduate Institution
Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
JD
Stanford Law School

Benj Wollant

Hometown
Bozeman, MT, United States
Undergraduate Institution
St. Olaf College (Northfield, MN, United States)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
PhD in Electrical Engineering
School of Engineering

Eyal Zilberman

Hometown
Ramat Hasharon, Israel
Undergraduate Institution
Tel Aviv University (Tel Aviv, Israel)
Graduate Degree at Stanford
MA in International Policy
School of Humanities and Sciences
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