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The 2024 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Fellows represents 30 countries and 45 graduate programs at Stanford University

STANFORD, Calif., May 7, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Knight-Hennessy Scholars at Stanford University today announced its 2024 cohort of 90 new scholars, its largest to date. This seventh cohort is comprised of students from 30 countries who will earn degrees in 45 graduate programs across Stanford’s seven graduate schools. For the first time, the group includes scholarship recipients with citizenship from Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Bolivia, Bulgaria, France and Sri Lanka.

Knight-Hennessy Scholars is a multidisciplinary and multicultural graduate scholarship program spanning all seven schools at Stanford University. Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive up to three years of financial support to pursue graduate studies at Stanford while engaging in experiences that prepare them to be visionary, courageous, and collaborative leaders who address the complex challenges facing the world. Fellows are selected based on their demonstration of independence of thought, decisive leadership and civic-mindedness.

“With each new group of scholars, I feel even more encouraged about the future,” said John L. Hennessy, president emeritus of Stanford University and Shriram Family Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. “The challenges facing our world are increasingly complex, validating the importance of our mission here.”

Knight-Hennessy Scholars develop emerging leaders who have a commitment to the common good and the tools necessary to drive meaningful change. The King Global Leadership Program is a core part of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars experience, offering a wide range of workshops, conferences, projects and experiences that complement fellows’ graduate education, helping them achieve their leadership goals.

Among the 2024 fellows, 47 percent have a non-U.S. passport. 49 percent of U.S. fellows identify as people of color and 11 percent have served in the U.S. military. Scholars earned university degrees from 60 different institutions, including 12 international institutions. 22 percent are the first in their family to graduate from college. The seventh cohort brings the total number of scholars to 514 to date, beginning with the inaugural cohort enrolled in 2018.

“Each scholar brings a unique perspective to our growing community,” said Tina Seelig, executive director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars. “It is inspiring to see them build links and gain knowledge across disciplines, cultures and ideologies, contributing to their ability to address the world’s greatest challenges.”

Application for the 2025 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Fellows will open on June 1, 2024 and is due on October 9, 2024. Prospective Fellows can attend information sessions to learn about the community, the leadership development program, and the Admission process. Knight-Hennessy Scholars have no quotas or restrictions based on region, college or university, field of study, or career aspiration.

Announced in 2016, Knight-Hennessy Scholars are named after Phil Knight, MBA ’62, philanthropist and co-founder of Nike Inc., and John Hennessy, chairman of Alphabet Inc. and president emeritus of Stanford (2000-2016). Knight-Hennessy Scholars is the world’s largest fully endowed university-wide graduate scholarship. Learn more at kh.stanford.edu.

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