The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program will be lead by EE professor and Stanford's former president John Hennessy. The program is funded by philanthropist Philip Knight (MBA '62).
The program aims to prepare a new generation of leaders with the deep academic foundation and broad skill set needed to develop creative solutions for the world's most complex challenges.
Fifty scholars will join the first cohort that enrolls in fall 2018, with up to 100 scholars admitted annually in subsequent years. Scholars will comprise an interdisciplinary graduate community representing a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.
Building on his or her core Stanford graduate degree program, each scholar will participate in opportunities for leadership training, mentorship and experiential learning across multiple disciplines. Knight-Hennessy Scholars will receive financial support for the full cost of attendance to pursue a graduate education at Stanford.
"We recognize that an application cannot fully reflect who Knight-Hennessy Scholars are and how they live," said Derrick Bolton, dean of Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission. "We believe it's essential that we learn not only about what they have done, but also who they are: their influences, ideals, hopes and dreams."
The program's faculty advisory board and global advisory board, respectively comprising faculty from all seven schools and leaders from business, government, health care, law, technology and other fields, shaped the criteria to guide the selection of scholars. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars admission committee will consider three primary criteria when evaluating applications: independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset.
Up to 100 application finalists will be invited to attend Immersion Weekend, which will take place at Stanford in January 2018.
"Immersion Weekend will be an experience that is fun, informal and informative for applicants," Bolton said. "Our aim is that the candidates will learn more about the graduate programs, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and themselves. It also gives a chance for the departments and us to get to know the applicants better."
In addition to submitting the Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, applicants must also apply to the Stanford graduate program of their choice.
Additional information available Knight-Hennessy.stanford.edu
Excerpted from "Knight-Hennessy Scholars launches inaugural application," May 2017.