Two recommendation letters are required. You will select two individuals who know you well to provide letters of reference comprising specific examples, anecdotes, and evidence of your ability and determination to make a difference. You will also register these recommenders through your online application.
Your Knight-Hennessy Scholars recommendations are the only reference letters that will be reviewed before they provide input to your graduate program.
Once your graduate degree program shares its feedback with the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, they also will review your departmental recommendation letters. As such, your recommendation choices for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program should make a compelling independent case, and also complement the references of your graduate program.
It's fine to ask the same person to provide recommendations for your graduate department and for the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, but ensure that he/she submits distinctive letters of reference that address the questions each application requires.
Knight-Hennessy asks your recommenders to assess some character and leadership traits in the reference letters, and to address the following questions:
•Please explain how you know and interact with the candidate.
•Tell us about a time the candidate did something that benefited others.
•Tell us about a time the candidate did something that surprised you.
•Is there anything else (positive or constructive) that we should know about the candidate?