Each year up to 100 high-achieving students who are independent thinkers, display purposeful leadership, and have a civic orientation will receive full funding The knight-Hennessy Scholars Scholarship to pursue a graduate education at Stanford University.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Coverage
- Funding includes tuition, stipend, graduate program, and related academic expenses, with additional financial support available.
- Pursue a graduate degree in any of Stanford’s seven schools, from PhDs in arts, education, engineering, humanities, or social sciences to professional degrees in business, law, or medicine.
- Build skills in leadership and communication that will empower you to work across disciplines and to scale creative solutions for complex challenges.
- Students who earned a bachelor’s degree in 2014 or later are eligible to apply to the 2020 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. U.S. military (active or veteran) applicants are eligible if you earned your bachelor’s degree in 2012 or later.
- The deadline to apply for the 2020 cohort is Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 1:00 pm Pacific Time.
Knight-Hennessy Scholars Scholarship Application Process
The candidates are required to submit two separate applications for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program as well as for the admission into a degree program at Stanford University as explained below:
Please make sure that you must submit all Knight-Hennessy Scholars application materials in English.
- Background Information: You must complete and submit the online application for admission (including personal and academic information, etc.). We ask for contact information; basic biographic and demographic details; explanations of your activities, experiences, and interests; and other information to provide context about you. There is no application fee for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, but you must pay the application fee required of your graduate degree program.
- Resume: Prepare a one-page resumé that includes highlights of your experiences, interests, and academic record in reverse-chronological order. Stick to one page. Really. Remember that you have an entire application that will provide details to complement the resume.
- Transcript: Scan and upload transcripts of your academic performance at the undergraduate level and beyond, for each institution you attended for an academic year or longer. This can be an unofficial or self-reported transcript. Your transcript must, if applicable, include the degree conferred and the conferral date. We do not need transcripts from study-abroad experiences if those credits are included on your transcript.
- Language and other Test Results: The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program follows the practices of your graduate degree program: if your graduate degree program does not require standardized tests, then neither does the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. Any required test scores are due by the graduate degree program deadline, not by the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program deadline. Your unofficial scores will suffice for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program. You must be fluent in English — listening, reading, speaking, and writing — to study at Stanford. All Stanford graduate degree programs accept the TOEFL; the MBA Program also accepts the IELTS and PTE. The minimum TOEFL score for most graduate programs at Stanford is 100iBT or 600PBT; some departments only accept scores obtained within the last 18 months. If you earned or expect to earn a degree from a university where English is the official and sole language of instruction, then you do not need results of an English proficiency exam. Otherwise, you do. Your citizenship, residence, and/or work experience do not exempt you from this requirement. You may read more about this policy on the Graduate Admissions website (TOEFL) or MBA Admissions Office website (TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE).
- Letter of Recommendations: Ask two individuals who know you well, whose opinions you trust, and who want to see you succeed to write your reference letters. These recommenders must be able to provide specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence. Register the recommenders through your online application as early in the application process as possible. Recommendations are due by the application deadline: October 9, 2019 at 1:00 Pacific Time. (Don’t worry: you can submit your application even if your recommenders haven’t submitted your letters.)The application system will send each recommender a personalized link to submit her/his recommendation online. For verification purposes, register your recommender using her/his work email account, not a personal account such as Gmail, Yahoo!, etc.The scholarship application reviewers may ask your recommenders to assess some character and leadership traits in the reference letters, and to address the following:
- How do you know and interact with the applicant?
- How have the applicant’s actions and insights benefited others? Please provide specific examples.
- What is the most important constructive feedback that you have given the applicant? How did the applicant respond?
- How has the applicant changed most since you have known each other?
- Is there anything else that we should know about the applicant?
- Short Answer Responses: These responses help to see a different side of you. We ask you to answer three questions:
- What are your immediate and long-term intentions after graduating from Stanford?
- Please tell us eight improbable facts (things that are unlikely but true) about you.
- Please tell us when you: made someone proud of you, were most challenged, did not meet expectations.
- Essays: These essay reflections give us a chance to understand who you are and how you aspire to grow and learn. There are two prompts:
- Connect the dots. How have the influences in your life shaped you?
- How will your Stanford education and your Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience prepare you to realize your intentions?
Do not exceed 1,000 words for both essays combined.
- Personal Statement via Video: After you submit your online application, you will be able to access the video statement through your application status page. You have until December 11, 2019 at 1:00pm Pacific Time to submit your video statement.
- Invited in-person Assessment: Stanford will select 150-175 applicants to visit Stanford, at our expense, for Immersion Weekend on February 7-8, 2020. Immersion Weekend is a chance to learn more about graduate degree programs, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, Stanford University, your fellow Scholars, and — we hope — yourself. It is also an opportunity for Stanford to learn more about you.
Application 2: Degree Program (Graduate)
You still need to apply separately to the specific Stanford graduate degree program that you want to pursue autumn 2020. This is essential!
Review the full list of Stanford’s graduate degree programs to ensure Stanford offers the degree program that you wish to pursue. (Applicants to the Honors Cooperative Program or the Master of Liberal Arts are not eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program.)
- The deadline to submit your graduate degree program application depends on the specific degree program (see the table below for details).
- When you submit your graduate degree program application, all materials must be complete — personal statements, recommendation letters, transcripts, standardized test scores (if required), etc.
The deadlines below apply if you want to be considered as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar:
- School of Medicine deadline is August 1, 2019
- MBA Program, Graduate School of Business Round 1 Deadline: September 2019
- Stanford Law School application deadline is November 22, 2019
- School of Engineering application deadline is October 29, 2019
- Any other Stanford graduate degree program standard deadline will be December 10, 2019
Your Stanford Knight Hennessy Scholars application for your graduate degree program must stand on its own. Focus your application solely on your candidacy for that program. Do not consider the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in your graduate degree program application.