NC State Alumna Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

By Patrick Smith | Division of Academic and Student Affairs News

Karli Moore ’16, a doctoral student at Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, is the latest Wolfpack graduate to earn a Knight-Hennessy Scholarship.

Karli Moore in front of white and peach colored buildings

Karli Moore ’16 (chemistry, agricultural business management) has been admitted into the 2021 cohort of Knight-Hennessy Scholars, an international, graduate-level scholarship program at Stanford University. Knight-Hennessy Scholars receive full funding to pursue any graduate degree at Stanford and have additional opportunities for leadership training, mentorship and experiential learning across multiple disciplines.

“I am humbled by this honor and excited to start this adventure,” Moore said. “I can’t wait to jump into the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program’s activities and meet other scholars from around the globe. I’m deeply grateful to my family, friends and professional colleagues for their support and encouragement throughout this process. I hope to make them proud and use this experience to uplift our collective work.”

Moore is a member of the Lumbee Tribe and is from Prospect, North Carolina. Since earning her bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and agricultural business management from NC State, she also earned master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Arkansas and rural development from Ghent University. She was also part of the inaugural class of students to earn a graduate certificate in food policy and sustainability leadership from Arizona State University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in environment and resources at Stanford University’s School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. 

Moore aspires to advance food sovereignty and economic development for indigenous communities through climate-smart agriculture that centers traditional ecological knowledge. She was a biodiversity coordinator at BASF, an economic fellow at the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, and a program officer at the Native American Agriculture Fund. Her work has helped guide the investment of more than $40 million for Native food systems over the past two years. At NC State, she was a Udall Scholar, Park Scholar, and Mathews Medal recipient.

NC State was my first home away from home; its welcoming and supportive environment is a major reason why I’ve felt confident enough to pursue new opportunities.

“NC State was my first home away from home; its welcoming and supportive environment is a major reason why I’ve felt confident enough to pursue new opportunities,” Moore said. “I found many energetic communities — Park Scholarships, Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Government, to name a few — and cherished mentors, especially Dr. Jamila Simpson, assistant dean of the College of Sciences.” 

To learn more about the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, visit

Additional Park Scholars previously named Knight-Hennessy Scholars

Ziad Ali

Ziad Ali ’19

Ziad Ali plans to combine electrical engineering and neuroscience to treat disorders such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s.

Madison Maloney

Madison Maloney ’19

Madison Maloney aspires to follow friend and mentor Christina Hammock Koch into space.

If you are interested in applying for a prestigious scholarship or fellowship opportunity such as the Knight-Hennessy Scholarship, the University Fellowships Office can help. The office helps students identify awards, draft and refine essays and application materials, and acts as a liaison to funding agencies. Fellowship advisors meet with students individually in order to provide unique and appropriate advice.


Karli Moore

Karli Moore ’16 Cultivates a Career Strengthening Native American Agriculture

Moore supports strategic grant-making to strengthen Native agriculture through the Native American Agriculture Fund.

Karli Moore

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Karli Moore ’16 studies food security to blend science, agricultural interests, health, education, public policy, national security and global development.

This post was originally published by Division of Academic and Student Affairs News.