Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is designed to build a multidisciplinary community of Stanford graduate students dedicated to finding creative solutions to the world’s greatest challenges.

As a Knight-Hennessy Scholar, you will develop a deep academic foundation and the broad skill set to develop creative solutions to effect positive change in the world. You will be part of a unique community of change agents from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Student Spotlight
MBA 2021

“I’ve experienced the best of two worlds: the master‘s in international policy degree has deepened my knowledge of global conflict mitigation and governance, while the MBA has taken me completely outside my comfort zone and into the sphere of business. At the GSB, I have developed skills in data analysis, product management, and finance — tools that will help me tackle the policy and business issues I am most passionate about. My graduate experience has been enriched by the Knight-Hennessy community through which I have found immersive learning and lifelong friendships.”

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world. The program awards high-achieving students every year with full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including joint and dual degrees. To be considered, you must apply separately to the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program and to your Stanford GSB graduate degree program (by Round 1).

From Our Students

MBA 2021

“The Knight-Hennessy program has added immense depth to the refreshing breadth of Stanford’s MBA program. Between practicing storytelling over weekly meals to exploring a country’s biodiversity in the classroom to enriching conversations about the global war on drugs, I have made amazing connections with students and faculty across campus. I especially enjoyed participating in the GSB’s Global Impact Fund, where I had the opportunity to create even bigger change where it’s needed most!”

MBA 2021

“I am fortunate to have the incredible opportunity to work with and learn from remarkable classmates, professors, and leaders on a daily basis. In addition to the amazing MBA community, the Knight-Hennessy program fosters an interdisciplinary network of diverse individuals from across Stanford graduate schools, many of whom I likely would not have had the chance to meet otherwise. Both the Knight-Hennessy program and the GSB have challenged me to think differently, push boundaries, and leave my comfort zone in pursuit of my passions to change the world around us for the better.”