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"We are committed to win versus playing not to lose."
 -Robert Knapp

The Knapp Scholar Program was established to attract outstanding minority undergraduate students majoring in business, and reward demonstrated leadership potential. The program was founded on the principles of leadership and service to others, developing academically gifted students through corporate mentorship and civic engagement. Students selected into the program represent some of the brightest minds that corporate America seeks to engage.

While each university will have its own more specific set of requirements, the Knapp Family Foundation has set guidelines for the scholarship and internship programs. In cooperation with a local public school system, each university will choose qualified, diverse, underprivileged students who have achieved a high level of academic and extracurricular achievement. The student will have a demonstrated interest in becoming a servant leader in the field of business. He or she will be involved in extracurricular activities such as sports, school, and business sponsored organizations, volunteer work.


Additional guidelines:

* Top 10% of graduating class

*1200 and above SAT

*Must be civic minded, socially engaged, and fearless

*Commitment to service and leadership/socially responsible business

*Strong interest in the study of business

*Demonstrate financial need

If you are interested in becoming a Knapp scholar, please apply directly to one of our campus partners. Each campus has their own application and selection process. We suggest contacting the Admissions Office at the school(s) you're interested in applying for admission and to get more information on how to become a Knapp scholar. Use the links below to learn more about each college or university.

Pfeiffer University
PO Box 960 
48380 US 52 N
Misenheimer, NC 28109

Pfeiffer University in partnership with the Knapp Family Foundation provides a unique experience for deserving diverse high school seniors anticipating an academic major in business. Their purpose is to release the human potential by helping disadvantaged, diverse students pursue a college education, internship and employment; to create servant leaders whose core values include family, personal faith, integrity, creativity, character, health, optimism and respect for others; to pursue excellence in business and in life with the ultimate purpose of service to others.


In conjunction with the scholarship the Knapp Family Foundation offers a summer internship at a local Merrill Lynch office. For more information, contact the admissions department at Pfeiffer University. 


Wake Forest University
1834 Wake Forest Road
Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest University in partnership with the Knapp Family Foundation will award scholarships on the basis of financial need, academic ability, character, integrity, leadership, and a desire to contribute to their community. Preferences will be given to ethnically unrepresented students who have demonstrated servant leadership and are majoring in business, finance, economics, entrepreneurship, mathematical business, or accounting.

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