The Center for Life Beyond Reed

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Internal Application Instructions

Internal applicants may be endorsed by Reed College, but a formal nomination from Reed is not required for applicants to apply to this award.

Participating in the internal process for this award is the only way to receive an endorsement from Reed College, and this endorsement would be submitted along with your application to the Knight-Hennessy program. Since the endorsement is not a required component of the application, we encourage all internal applicants to continue to submit their final application whether or not they receive an endorsement.

Remember that you'll need to apply to a graduate program at Stanford while also applying to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.

Internal Application Deadline

August 31st, 2022 at 12:00 PM noon, Pacific Time

Application Steps

Online Application

You will complete Knight-Hennessy's online application for the internal application. Save a pdf preview of your entire application and email it to by the internal application deadline. This should include all sections of the application, with the exception of the letters of recommendation (see below). This does not need to be the final draft of your application, but it is what the Reed committee will review when considering your application for an endorsement.

Make certain that a copy of your Reed transcript is included with your application. If it is not, submit it as a separate pdf along with the copy of your application.

Note that the video statement is not required for the internal deadline.

Internal Letters of Recommendation

Ask for recommendation letters from two individuals who have the necessary knowledge of your qualifications, the desire to enthusiastically support your candidacy, and the time to author a strong endorsement. These recommenders must be able to provide specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence.

For the internal process, please have your two recommenders submit internal letters directly to by the internal application deadline for the Reed committee to consider. These letters can be the same thing they send to Knight-Hennessy, or they can be more informal; the choice is theirs. Their letters will only be shared with CLBR Fellowships and the faculty Fellowships & Awards committee.

For the final application, you'll need to register your recommenders in the Knight-Hennessy application and your recommenders will submit their recommendations online. Note that your Knight-Hennessy letter writers can be the same people who write your graduate program letters, but that the letters should be distinct from each other.


You will need to complete this online waiver form as the final step in submitting your internal application.

Waiver Form

Applicants submitting application materials electronically by email will generally receive a confirmation within twenty-four hours. If you do not receive a confirmation during this time, please follow up with the Center for Life Beyond Reed at to ensure that the application was successfully submitted.

Next Steps

The committee will meet within a week of the internal application deadline to consider applicants. You'll be informed of the committee's decision to endorse your application or not shortly thereafter. You would then continue to work on your application to submit it by the final deadline set by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program (typically in October). If you are selected for an endorsement, a member of the Reed Fellowships & Awards committee may connect with you as they prepare your endorsement letter. CLBR advisors will continue to be available to help you as you work on your application, whether or not you receive an endorsement. If you do not receive an endorsement, we still encourage you to continue your application.

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