Creative Solutions to Change the World
Dakota Foster ’18 forges ahead on a path she made while at Amherst, now as a Knight-Hennessy Scholar at Stanford University.
The Brunswick, Maine, native plans to pursue a graduate degree at Stanford Law on her scholarship.
A double major in political science and Asian languages and civilizations at Amherst, Foster was a 2018 recipient of a Marshall Scholarship, which funds graduate study for American students in the United Kingdom.
On the Marshall Scholarship, she earned a master’s degree in war studies at King’s College London and is now working on a master’s in global governance and diplomacy from the University of Oxford.
Foster was a visiting researcher at the Center for Security and Emerging Technology and a fellow on Elizabeth Warren’s 2020 presidential campaign. She interned for the foreign affairs committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Army’s Combatting Terrorism Center and the Washington Institute. At Amherst, she co-captained women’s lacrosse and was co-president of the Amherst Political Union.
Established in 2016, the Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program aims to “prepare a new generation of leaders with a deep academic foundation and the broad skill set to develop creative solutions to effect positive change in the world.” It covers the cost of a graduate degree at the Stanford.
Amherst has had one other Knight-Hennessy scholar, Matthew DeButts '14, and two finalists, Roger Creel '13 and Richard Altieri '15.