Online profiles show the wide range of ambitions and talents that mark the program's first cohort.
In February, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program announced that it had selected 49 students from 21 countries to form its first cohort of scholarship recipients. Recently, the program added to its website a new page titled “Meet the Scholars.” At this page, users can access a brief profile of each scholar. From Jani Adcock, an American who will enter a doctoral program in computational and mathematical engineering at Stanford School of Engineering, to Asaf Zilberfarb, a citizen of Israel who will pursue a master’s degree in international policy studies at Stanford School of Humanities and Sciences, the roster of the Knight-Hennessy Scholars highlights both the impressive scale of these students’ achievements and the diverse array of academic fields that they will represent.
In an announcement, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University named its inaugural cohort of scholarship recipients. The group includes 49 students; they hail from 20 countries and will pursue graduate degrees in 28 departments at seven schools across Stanford. Bob and Dottie King made a $100 million gift to fund the King Global Leadership Program, a training and experiential learning curriculum in which all Knight-Hennessy Scholars will participate to complement their core degree studies. The Kings’ gift will also support scholars from less economically developed regions of the world.
In the announcement, John L. Hennessy, Shriram Family Director of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, explains the process for choosing scholars: “We have selected students who believe strongly in the pressing need for better leadership across all disciplines, and around the globe.” He adds, “There is a true optimism among this group that they can make a positive impact in the world, and that their time as Knight-Hennessy Scholars will help prepare them for that mission.” That focus on cross-disciplinary leadership and on making a “positive impact in the world” reflects the spirit of the Kings’ investment in the program.