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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, Stanford University

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Under the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, each year a group of up to 100 high-achieving students with demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, from a wide array of backgrounds and nationalities, will receive full funding to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.

Scholars can receive up to three years of funding toward pursuit of a degree in one of Stanford’s graduate disciplines, including masters and doctorate level degrees as well as professional programs in law, business, medicine, engineering, humanities and sciences, education, and earth, energy and environmental sciences.

As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, students will be exposed to leadership training and development and immersive educational opportunities through the King Global Leadership Program, as well as residential experiences, additional degree opportunities focused on public policy and problem-solving at scale, and other curricula designed to develop scholars' capacity to lead ambitious change in a complex world.


  • Applications are accepted from students or alumni of any country—there are no citizenship requirements
  • Funding supports students studying in nearly any graduate program at Stanford
  • Applications are accepted from graduating seniors or alumni within six years of graduation who meet the eligibility requirements of their target graduate programs (more details on their website).

Selection Criteria

Successful Knight-Hennessy applicants must first of all meet the entrance requirements of the Stanford graduate degree program to which they are applying.

In addition, candidates are evaluated via these three criteria:

  1. Independence of Thought
  2. Purposeful Leadership
  3. Civic Mindset

Application Procedure

Applications must be submitted in parallel directly to both the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and a relevant Stanford graduate degree program.

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program has an endorsement process, but it is entirely optional. Reed College does not currently offer institutional endorsements for this program. You do not need an endorsement to apply to the program.