Knight-Hennessy Scholars 2019

Scholars receive full funding to pursue graduate study at Stanford. This includes the JD, MA, MBA, MD, MFA, MS, and PhD programs, as well as joint- and dual-degrees. Candidates must have received their undergraduate degree after 2004. International students can apply.  Candidate profile should include independence of thought, purposeful leadership, and a civic mindset.

Things to Do Now:

  • Thoroughly read through the eligibility requirements and candidate criteria.
  • Research requirements and application deadlines for graduate program at Stanford.
  • Schedule and complete any necessary testing required for graduate program.
  • Consider potential recommendation writers and discuss with a Scholar Mentor.
  • Put together a support team of faculty or advisors who would help with your application.
  • Schedule a meeting with Scholar Mentor Aidan Beatty to discuss your application

Contact: Aidan Beatty, Scholar Mentor,

May - August

  • Start your application.
  • Send recommendation packet to your referees no later than July 1.
  • Send for all university/college transcripts (unofficial is okay). Transcripts for study abroad not necessary if grades are included in Pitt transcript.
  • Meet with a Scholar Mentor to review drafts of your essays and one page resume.
  • Talk to your Scholar Mentor about your online video submission.
  • Meet with your support team to discuss your essays.

September - October

  • Submit final (draft) application to Aidan by September 1st.
  • Have recommenders send draft letters to Aidan by September 1st.
  • Get interviewed by Pitt committee (mid September).
  • University chooses 4 candidates to endorse (mid to late September).
  • Revise application and submit final version online (October 9 deadline).
  • Submit online video.