Leehi Yona, a Grand Strategy alum from the 2017 class, is among five Yale Students named as Knight-Hennessy Scholars. Knight-Hennessey Scholars receive financial support for the full cost of attendance for their graduate education at Stanford University, and build on their core degree program with leadership training, mentorship, and experiential learning across multiple disciplines. Announced in 2016, the program aims to prepare a new generation of leaders with the “deep academic foundation and broad skill set needed to develop creative solutions for the world’s most complex challenges,” according to a press release announcing the scholars.
Yona, born in Israel and raised in Montreal, Quebec, will pursue a Ph.D. in environment and resources at Stanford School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental studies, and was awarded a Senior Fellowship. She will receive her master’s degree this year in environmental science, climate change science, and policy from Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Leehi serves as programming chair of the New Directions in Environmental Law Conference, and on the board of Green Coalition Verte Montreal, an organization for urban environmental conservation and restoration. As the author of over 100 opinion pieces on climate change, she has been featured in outlets such as USA Today, Time, The Nation, Montreal Gazette, and The Guardian. She was named Canada’s Top Environmentalist Under 25, was a national winner of The Nation Student Writing Contest in the United States, and received the Donella Meadows Prize for Promoting Sustainability and Yale’s Merit Research Scholarship.