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Baker Scholars

The George F. Baker Scholars Program develops students’ leadership potential.

The Baker Scholars Program is dedicated to developing students' business-leadership potential. In conjunction with the Department of Economics and Business, the program focuses on three interrelated sets of activities — exposure to business leaders and centers of commerce, leadership experiences, and personal leadership development — to empower students to more effectively discern, develop and employ their gifts and calling.

Baker Scholars are upper-level students majoring in economics, business or accounting and are selected through a rigorous application process consisting of both written and interview elements. Bakers work as a team to foster one of our key program objectives:

LEADERSHIP EXPOSURE — Play an instrumental role in shaping department-initiated trips that promote key firm relationships around the globe. Help your peers experience first-hand connections with business professionals and centers of commerce.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT — Come together with other student leaders in the economics and business department and be challenged in leadership-development topics. Organize opportunities for mentoring, self reflection, character development and personal growth.

LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE — Put your skills to use and participate in a consequential leadership project: Serve as a Baker team lead, consult with a non-profit organization or support strategic departmental initiatives. 

To be considered for selection to the Baker Scholars Program, student applicants must be:

  1. A Hope College sophomore with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 for your first three semesters.
  2. A declared major in business, accounting or economics.
  3. Dedicated to pursuing a career in business.
  4. Willing and able to actively participate in the Baker Scholars Program for the next two years. (Planned participation in an off-campus semester will not disqualify you for consideration, but it is helpful for the selectors to know if this is in your plans since it may affect the number of students selected.)

Applications for the Baker Scholar Program are posted mid-February with selection day generally being mid-April.