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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship

Provides full tuition and stipend for students demonstrating leadership and civic commitment to pursue graduate studies at Stanford


The Knight-Hennessy Scholarship Program was designed to develop the next global leaders. Out of the thousands of applicants for graduate school, Stanford selects up to a 100 scholars based on civic commitment and demonstrated leadership. The multi-disciplinary program allows for students from different backgrounds and across various fields of study to come together to collaborate and motivate each other to address global challenges and succeed in accomplishing their goals. Through its established mentoring program, leadership development workshops, and community involvement activities, the scholars program challenges students to grow personally and professionally, while also providing them a foundation of support and encouragement through its tight-knit community. 

Selection Criteria

Selection Criteria include:

  • Independence of Thought
    • First-step mental sharpness
    • Seeks out knowledge and new experiences
    • Full of original ideas
    • Makes sense of ambiguous situations
    • Can hold a contrarian or dissenting point of view
  • Purposeful Leadership
    • Self-Aware
    • Willing to take risks
    • Driven to Improve Self
    • Ambitious
    • Persists and bounces back from adversity
  • Civic Mindset
    • Personally humble and kind
    • Inclusive
    • Respects differences
    • Concerned for and helpful to others
    • Low ego


The following qualifications are required for applicants:

  • Can be a citizen from any country
  • Apply for the program during your final year of study for your bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your bachelor's degree
  • Plan to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford


Program Benefits include:

  • Fully covers tuition and associated fees
  • Health insurance while in the program
  • A stipend to cover room and board, supplies and materials, transportation, and personal expenses


Scholars are ensured funding for any graduate degree at Stanford. Specifically, the Knight-Hennessy Program will provide funding for up to 3 years of graduate study. If the graduate degree a student is seeking exceeds 3 years, the Stanford home department will then cover the remainder of the costs for the amount of years that is consistent with that degree. 

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Knight-Hennessy Scholarship