2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars are a profile in diversity

Knight-Hennessy Scholars for 2020

The KNIGHT-HENNESSY SCHOLARS program at Stanford recently announced its 2020 cohort of 76 scholars, with students from 26 countries pursuing degrees in 39 graduate programs at Stanford.

The 2020 Knight-Hennessy Scholars will pursue graduate degrees across the university at all seven of Stanford’s schools, with 26 percent earning degrees in Humanities and Sciences; 22 percent in Engineering; 17 percent in Business; 16 percent in Medicine; 13 percent in Law; 3 percent in Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences; and 3 percent in Education.

See the news story about the Stanford recipients.

The primary selection criteria used to evaluate applicants were independence of thought, purposeful leadership and a civic mindset.

A profile of the scholars reveals the diversity of the group:

  • 51 percent are women and 49 percent are men.
  • 34 percent are pursuing doctoral degrees, 27 percent are pursuing master’s degrees and 39 percent are pursuing professional degrees.
  • Among the 43 percent of international scholars in the cohort are students with passports from 26 countries, including the United States, 11 of which were not represented in the previous two cohorts (bolded): Argentina, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Finland, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Myanmar, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, Syria, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States.
  • The scholars earned undergraduate degrees at 16 international and 34 U.S. institutions, including 28 institutions not represented in the previous two cohorts (bolded):
    • International institutions represented are: American University of Beirut; Bandung Institute of Technology; Dalhousie University; Indian Institute of Technology, Madras; Manipal University; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Pontificia Universidad Javeriana; Technical University of Munich; Tel Aviv University; Trinity College, Dublin; Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich; Universidade de São Paulo; University of British Columbia; University of Kashmir; University of Oxford; and University of Toronto.
    • U.S. institutions are: Amherst College; Boston College; Brown University; Centre College; Clemson University; College of the Holy Cross; Columbia University; Dartmouth College; Duke University; Earlham College; Georgetown University; Harvard University; Iowa State University; Johns Hopkins University; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; North Carolina State University; Oregon State University; Pomona College; Princeton University; Rice University; St. Olaf College; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Cincinnati; University of Georgia; University of Michigan; University of South Florida; University of St. Thomas; University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; U.S. Air Force Academy; U.S. Military Academy; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; and Yale University.
  • 18 percent were the first members of their families to attend college.
  • 8 percent serve in the U.S. military.

Read more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program 2020 cohort.