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The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University is a new postgraduate scholarship aimed at preparing the next generation of global leaders to address the increasingly complex challenges facing the world. Starting in fall 2018, Knight-Hennessy Scholars will annually welcome up to 100 high-achieving students to campus who have demonstrated leadership and civic commitment. Scholars will receive full funding to pursue a postgraduate education at Stanford, may pursue studies at any of the university’s seven internationally top-ranked graduate schools, and will be educated to navigate across business, government, academia, and the nonprofit sectors.
 
The application is available on the Knight-Hennessy Scholars website - read more and apply here
 
The application submission deadline is September 27, 2017, with an accelerated November 15, 2017 deadline for most Stanford graduate degree program applications (other than MBA and MD, which have mid-September deadlines).
 
Application Process:
 
1. Online application for admission (including personal and academic information, etc.). You must complete and submit the online application. We will ask for basic biographic and demographic information, as well as information about your activities and interests. There is no application fee for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, but you must pay the application fee required of your graduate degree program.
 
2. An unofficial or self-reported transcript of your academic performance in college and, if applicable, graduate school. We do not need transcripts from study-abroad experiences if those credits are included on your transcript. 
 
3. Scores on standardized tests for admission, as required by the graduate program that you are pursuing - e.g., GMAT for the MBA Program, LSAT for the JD Program, MCAT for the MD Program, GRE (with GRE subject test encouraged) for PhD in biophysics. It's helpful and preferred if you have the test scores by the time you apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, but this is not a requirement. You must, however, have these test scores by the departmental deadline.
If you have a degree from a university at which English is the language of instruction, then you do not need results of the TOEFL. Otherwise you do.
 
4.  Resume / C.V. You will include a one-page resume or curriculum vitae that provides an overview of your education, personal activities, and professional experiences. Our guideline is one page for every decade of experience after secondary school. 
 
5.  Two recommendation letters. Through the online application, you will select two individuals who know you well to provide specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of your ability and determination to make a difference. Your Knight-Hennessy Scholars recommendation letters are the only letters that we will review before we provide input to your graduate program. Once your graduate degree program shares its feedback with the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, we also will review your departmental recommendation letters. As such, your recommendation choices for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program should make a compelling independent case, and also complement those of the graduate program. It's fine to ask the same person to provide recommendations for your graduate department and for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program, but ensure that he/she submits distinctive letters focused that answer the questions each application requires.
We will ask your recommenders to assess some character and leadership traits, and to address the following questions: 1. Please explain how you know and interact with the candidate. 2. Tell us about a time the candidate did something that benefited others. 3. Tell us about a time the candidate did something that surprised you. 4. Is there anything else (positive or constructive) that we should know about the candidate?
 
If you are still in college or graduated within the last few months, we will request:
A reference that addresses your leadership experiences and potential - your professional competence and personal character.
An institutional assessment from your university that provides context on your academic experience that is not reflected elsewhere in your application. Some institutions will require you to obtain a campus endorsement, which may have an internal deadline that is well in advance of the September 27, 2017 deadline. Seek guidance from the campus contact at your university  If your college has no campus contact (which is often the case for international institutions) then follow the guidance on the campus contacts page.
 
If you graduated from college more than a year ago, we will request:
Two references that address your professional competence and personal character. You may request these letters of current or past supervisors, advisors, mentors, peers (but remember there's a difference between a friend and a peer), etc. Use your best judgment.
 
6.  Two personal essays. These reflections give us a chance to understand who you are and how you aspire to grow and learn. There are two prompts: 1) Connect the dots. Tell us how the influences in your life have shaped you. 2) Describe three potential paths for your career and life. To prepare for them, what do you need to learn at Stanford as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar?
While there are no word limits for these questions, most applicants will find a range of 750 to 1,750 words sufficient.
 
7. Two short-answer responses. These responses help to see a different side of you. We'll ask you two questions: 1) Please tell us eight improbable facts about you. 2) If you could take any course or study with any instructor at Stanford, what would you take or with whom would you study, and why? (And no, you can't pick John Hennessy. You'll already spend plenty of time with John as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.)
 
8.  A video submission. We would love to interview every applicant, but it's not feasible. Instead, we will allow you to submit a video of no more than two minutes. This medium gives you a chance to introduce yourself and present a different view of the person we've met in your application. We are not worried about "production value" for this; we just want to get a chance to meet you. We'll give you three different questions to choose among: 1) Tell us about something for which you are grateful. 2) Tell us about your Crazy Idea. 3) Tell us about your most meaningful commitment.
 
9.  In-person assessment. We will invite the finalists for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program to visit Stanford for Immersion Weekend, which will be evaluative and informative (and fun!). We'll give you a chance to learn more about your department, about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, about Stanford University, about your fellow Scholars, and about yourself.
 
All Citizens Welcome
 
We encourage applications to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program from citizens of all countries. That’s natural since we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have global impact.
We expect that over time about one third of our Scholars will be from the United States, and about two thirds will be from countries outside the United States. Those numbers will fluctuate from year to year, since our goal is to admit the world’s very best students, regardless of location.
 
All Graduate Programs at Stanford; Only for Graduate Degrees
 
You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you are applying to enroll in any full-time graduate degree program at Stanford (for example, but not limited to, DFA, Eng, JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, or PhD) or if you plan on pursuing one of Stanford’s many joint- and dual- graduate degree options (for example, but not limited to, MD+PhD, JD+MA, MBA+MS).
The Stanford education of Knight-Hennessy Scholars is fully funded. The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program funds up to the first three years of your graduate education, and if your degree program exceeds three years - such as an MD or PhD program, or a Stanford dual- or joint-degree program - then your Stanford home department will fund the remainder of your education to the extent consistent with its standard funding commitment for that program. (That is, for example, typically six years for PhDs in engineering, five years for PhDs in humanities.)
While we are excited to build a cohort that reflects the breadth of excellence at Stanford, there are no allocations or quotas by discipline or program. Please note, however, that we will give priority to applicants who will spend at least two years at Stanford: we do not believe one year is sufficient to form the community we envision and benefit from the leadership platform we are developing.
 
First/Bachelor's Degree Received in 2013 or Later; Enrolling in 2018 or Later
 
You are eligible to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you apply during your final year of study for your first/bachelor's degree or within four years of earning your first/bachelor’s degree. For the pioneer class that applies in 2017, that means you must have graduated in January 2013 through September 2018 to enroll at Stanford in September 2018. We do not make exceptions to this policy.
If you’re still in college studying for your first/bachelor’s degree, you’re eligible to apply as long as you complete your first/bachelor’s degree before you enroll as a graduate student at Stanford. If you have earned a graduate degree, you remain eligible to apply in 2017 as long as you earned your first/bachelor's degree in 2013 or later. 
If you graduated with your first/bachelor's degree more than four years ago (in 2012 or earlier, for the pioneer class), then you are not eligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar. This applies even if you have earned an additional degree in 2013 or later. The good news is that you still may apply to the Stanford graduate program of your choice, and there are many other options for funding your graduate education at Stanford.
 
Other Eligibility Requirements
 
Beyond the eligibility requirements listed above, you are eligible for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program as long as you meet the requirements of the Stanford graduate program(s) that you wish to pursue. You must complete not only your Knight-Hennessy Scholars application, but also the entire application process for your graduate degree program - including any standardized test that your discipline requires (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, etc.) and, if needed, an English proficiency test.
Although we expect Knight-Hennessy Scholars to have performed well - there are only 50 among the 2,600 graduate students entering Stanford annually - there is no minimum requirement for your grades or scores. 
 
A Special Note for Graduate Students Enrolling at Stanford Before 2018
 
Are you enrolled or planning to enroll as a graduate student at Stanford?
If you enroll in a graduate degree program at Stanford in 2017 or earlier, you are ineligible for consideration as a Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for your current degree program. You are, however, welcome to apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program if you either defer enrollment to 2018 or later, or if you apply for a new graduate degree program at Stanford that starts in 2018 or later.
 
Deferring Enrollment? Apply the Year Before You Enroll
 
The Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program does not defer Scholar offers. If you are selected as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar and are unable to enroll, we ask you to reapply. We consider exceptions to this policy only under rare and unforeseen circumstances (e.g., delayed separation from the military, health issues).
 
Deferral of enrollment to a graduate program is the purview of that department. Some programs allow deferral while others do not.
 
If you defer enrollment to a Stanford graduate program, you may apply to start as a Knight-Hennessy Scholars program for the year that you enroll in that graduate program. For example, if you have been admitted to the Stanford MBA Program and deferred enrollment to September 2020, then you could apply to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program in 2019 to enroll as a Scholar in 2020 - thus aligning  your initial enrollment in the MBA Program and as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar.