The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program, which provides full funding for students to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford, including joint- and dual-degrees, has selected Midshipman 1st Class David Liedtka, 21, of Hamilton Square, N.J., as its latest recipient.

Liedtka was selected as one of only 48 other scholars from a pool of more than 3,600 candidates. This is the first time the program has given out these scholarships.

The group consists of 57 percent women and includes citizens from over 20 countries around the world, who will be pursuing degrees in 28 different Stanford graduate departments.

This scholarship program is considered the largest fully endowed graduate fellowship in the world.

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It is funded through the generosity of Stanford Alumnus and Nike Inc. co-founder, Phil Knight, as well as many other benefactors.

Liedtka, who wishes to pursue a master’s degree in computing science, interned with the NSA with its cyber-intelligence gathering unit and later with the Maui High Performance Computing Center conducting machine learning research.

As a 2014 graduate of Notre Dame High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., Liedtka is currently a computer science and information technology double major at the Naval Academy. He will eventually commission as a Cryptologic Warfare Officer.