Since our founding, The Knowledge Society (TKS) has been a purpose-driven incubator for the next generation of innovative change-makers. High school students from all different walks of life and around the world join together to tackle the world’s biggest problems using emerging technologies and innovative thinking. For 10 months, students develop real-world skills and learn about technologies like Artificial Intelligence, Genetic Engineering, Space Tech, and Quantum Computing in collaboration with global organizations to implement a problem-solving framework to address these issues.
Our global innovation program has accelerated the potential of 1,500 high school students and developed some of the world’s biggest game-changers, including Isabella Grandic, this year’s recipient of the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC–Chapel Hill. The Morehead-Cain Scholarship is a four-year undergraduate merit scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a lifelong challenge to make a positive difference in the world. In addition to tuition, books, and room and board, the Morehead-Cain funds four summers of travel and experiential learning.
“As an official nominating partner of Morehead-Cain, we’re grateful to support more TKS students on their academic trajectories and their mission to make the world a better place. I’m so proud of Isabella Grandic as being the first TKS alumni to receive the Morehead-Cain Scholarship at UNC–Chapel Hill. Her growth during the past 2 years at TKS has been inspiring, and she has become a role model to other students. We share in Morehead-Cain’s commitments to developing young people’s leadership and moral character and helping them make a positive impact in the world.”
Navid Nathoo, Founder of TKS
This year’s recipient, TKS Alum Isabella Grandic was selected for her unparalleled dedication to innovation and unwavering commitment to bringing out-of-the-box ideas to fruition that bring about lasting and impactful change. In her latest venture with TKS Alumni, she is currently building a misoprostol distribution pilot in Northern Nigeria to end maternal mortality. This project was launched as part of a Moonshot Hackathon at TKS.
“My experience as a Morehead-Cain Scholar has been so unbelievable, and it’s only just the start of the Program. This summer I spent 3 weeks hiking, rafting, and canyoneering across Utah, something I would have never done without the scholarship, and yet it was the best experience of my life. At Carolina, I’ve met people and friends with whom I have connected so profoundly; connections I didn’t think were possible. Additionally, the academic environment is so thrilling! My professors are brilliant, and UNC–Chapel Hill has something for all my interests. Most of all I’m grateful for the freedom the Morehead-Cain Scholarship offers. I don’t feel bound to my past interests, and I don’t fear future interests. I have the liberty to try, fail and have a support system along the way.”
TKS Alum, Isabella Grandic
“TKS takes a distinctive approach to develop change agents and uses their platform to unlock the potential within youth. We’re excited to work together to escalate our collective impact and connect promise to opportunity.”
Morehead-Cain President Chris Bradford.
Current students at TKS have been working relentlessly to become the change they want to see within this world. From identifying neuron-specific signatures in the chromosomal connectome associated with schizophrenia risk to compiling an Artificial Neural Network to predict the hourly energy production of a photovoltaic module to antisense therapy used to inhibit gene expression for underlying diseases, stem cell research, energy efficiency initiatives, and everything in between, the TKS students stand out to admissions counselors around the world for reaching far beyond the call of duty for students their age in hopes of creating a powerful impact on modern society.
Every one of these initiatives is brought to fruition by the minds of future leaders, innovators, and change-makers in our society. TKS is proud to walk alongside these students to develop their skills, their minds, and set them on a path towards accelerated growth for a promising future. Isabella Grandic is one of many students who have completed the TKS program and moved on to change the world at some of the most notable and prestigious universities like the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It is our purpose-driven vision to nurture that passion for change among all students and work together to tackle the world’s most pressing issues.