Current Baker Scholars
The 2019–2020 Baker Scholars includes seven senior and seven junior economics and business majors and minors.
- JOEY DAWSON ’20
Joey is a senior studying Economics and Business Management from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is also passionate about marketing and photography. Last summer he had a marketing internship with the outdoor equipment company Sawyer. Joey plans to enter into the outdoor retail industry or management consulting after graduation. Joey stays busy as a member of the cross country team, Hope's Habitat for Humanity chapter, Business Club and as a peer advocate for study abroad. He is passionate about the outdoors and sustainability. Joey's favorite hobbies are surfing, backpacking, running, competing in triathlons, and reading.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
- BRENDA INDEKWE ’21
Brenda is a junior from Kigali, Rwanda majoring in Business and French. She hopes to pursue a career in finance and entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship has proven to be a long-term solution for poverty in various communities, and she hopes to use her future experiences to teach others how to become an entrepreneur. Brenda believes the most important lessons of college are resilience, grit, passion, empathy, and character. Outside of school, Brenda enjoys reading and writing.
“You have to choose between champagne for some or drinkable water for all.” —Thomas Sankara
- OLIVIA MCCALLA ’20
Olivia is a senior majoring in Business and Economics with a minor in Accounting and a focus on Finance. Olivia is from Chelsea, Michigan. She is a student assistant coach for the Hope women’s basketball team and dedicates much of her time to being in the gym and with the team. Olivia is also a member of the Business Club leadership team, an Admissions Office receptionist, and a Center for Leadership consultant. After graduation she is returning to J.P. Morgan in Indianapolis as a full time Wealth Management Analyst following her internship last summer. Olivia is grateful for the ability to build her network with business professionals, develop her personal abilities, and to make lasting memories through the Baker Scholars program.
“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” —Vince Lombardi
- CASSIDY MERTEN ’20
Cassidy is a Business and Communication double major from Traverse City, Michigan. At Hope, she enjoys her leadership roles as Vice President of Bakers, Dance Marathon Marketing Director, and Nykerk Cup Competition Coach. She has participated in the Business Department’s China May Term as well as the Washington D.C. Honors Semester, where she served as a judicial intern in the Office of the Counselor to the Chief Justice at the Supreme Court of the United States. Most recently, Cassidy interned at Acrisure, LLC as a Corporate Law Assistant. Cassidy looks forward to attending law school in the fall, combining her interests in business and law with a career in litigation. She is so excited to experience London with the Bakers this spring.
"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." —John Quincy Adams
- CALEB MILLER ’20
From Bloomington, Minnesota, Caleb is a senior majoring in Business with minors in German and Organizational Leadership. Caleb studied abroad in Germany for a semester during his junior year and had the opportunity to go to Liverpool for a week with Hope students for a global leadership summit. Some student groups and programs he has been involved with include Phelps Scholars, Baker Scholars, and Volunteer Services, where he serves as one of the directors for the 2019-2020 year. Caleb is in the middle of the job search process and is currently looking to go into marketing.
"The life we live, the choices we make, the people we love, the purpose we grasp throughout our lives have a great influence on the people around us" - Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- MICHAEL PINEDA ’21
Michael is a junior from Minneapolis, Minnesota and is pursuing a Business major. He is Honduran, as well as the rest of his family. Michael is interested in using artistic development to shape and shift the culture around us. He is a passionate musician that knows music can change the world. Michael started an organization in 2019 that promotes culture and art in his country with music festivals, art exhibitions, and more. He has a long term goal of returning to Honduras and building an academic institution that will shape the future leaders of the country.
“There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving and that’s your own self.” - Aldous Huxley
- ANA RUMSTADT ’21
Ana is a junior business and German double major with a concentration in human resources from Clarkston, Michigan. Over the summer, she began exploring this field as an HR intern at the University of Michigan. With a passion for people, language and culture, Ana is excited to pursue a career in which she can serve others both within the workplace and beyond. On campus, she holds positions as a resident assistant and German language teaching assistant. She also performs with the Hope College Symphony Orchestra and is involved in "Into the Light," a student group advocating for children and families of adoption and foster care. In the spring, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to study abroad in Freiburg, Germany. Ana is excited to learn from experienced professionals across disciplines and develop lasting relationships through the Baker Scholars program.
“The only way that we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we are exposed is if we throw ourselves into the open.” —C. Joybell
- DREW SCHMITZ ’21
Drew is a junior studying Business and Economics from Westfield, Indiana. Outside of Bakers, he runs cross country and track for Hope, is a member of the Arcadian Fraternity, and is on the American Enterprise Institute Executive Council. Drew hopes to work in asset management or economic consulting and hopes to help create a world where hardworking people can flourish and reach their dreams no matter where they started in life.
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama
- PARKER SCHOLTEN ’21
Parker is in his junior year at Hope in pursuit of a double major in Business and Economics. Parker is from Hudsonville, Michigan. He loves doing anything involving sports, traveling to new places around the world, and spending time with family. Parker is an active member of the Emersonian Fraternity at Hope. He hopes to find a career in medical sales after he graduates. Parker is grateful for the opportunity to network through the Bakers Scholars Program and grow in his own abilities around business professionals.
“Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- BEKAH SEGRIST ’21
Bekah is majoring in Business and Economics. She is from St. Louis, Missouri and loves her city immensely. She enjoys being outside in the sunshine, playing games, and petting big dogs. At Hope, she is an RA in Phelps Hall and has participated in Nykerk Play and many intramural sports. She is passionate about using business in a way that brings about positive social and economic development in underserved communities. Over the summer, Bekah interned in microfinance at Under the Same Tree. She also interned at the Center for Experiential Learning in Olin Business School at Washington University. Bekah is looking forward to bonding with her fellow Bakers and experiencing all of the wonderful opportunities that the Baker Scholars have to offer.
“Everybody can be great because everybody can serve... You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
- ALISSA SMITH ’20
Alissa is a senior at Hope and is finishing her double major in Business and Communication. She is from Troy, Michigan and is passionate about sports and the great outdoors. She loves to hike, surf, ski, travel, and play any sport she can compete in. Alissa is always looking for her next adventure, and has studied international marketing in Paris, France, completed a marketing internship in Sydney, Australia, and taken a leadership course in Alaska. She is also involved in CFL consulting. After graduation, she hopes to attend graduate school to pursue an MBA degree with the intention of working in business consulting or international marketing. Alissa enjoys taking part in the Bakers, and is especially looking forward to the upcoming international trip to London.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” -Nelson Mandela
- JOEY STARK ’21
Joey is a junior from Troy, Michigan pursuing a double major in Public Accounting and Business, with a Communications minor. Aside from the Baker Scholars, Joey is a member of the Hope College Football team, as well as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. When he is not studying or playing football, Joey enjoys volunteering in the Holland Public School District and playing golf. After graduation, Joey hopes to become a licensed CPA and work for a large accounting firm.
“As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." -Marianne Williamson
- KELLY VANDERPLOEG ’20
Kelly is from Mundelein, Illinois and is studying Business, Spanish and Communication. During her undergrad, Kelly has enjoyed working as a graphic designer for Hope Public Affairs and Marketing, doing freelance consulting work for small businesses in Holland, and spending time studying and working in Seville, Spain. In her free time, she also likes dancing, snowboarding and playing volleyball. After graduation, Kelly will be working full-time as a Consulting Analyst for Accenture. She is excited to expand her knowledge and experience on both strategic analysis and creative elements of consulting. In her last year of the Baker program, Kelly is looking forward to spending time with the kids of the Boys and Girls Club and the opportunity to learn and grow from conversations with peers and business professionals.
"When you believe, the impossible becomes possible. What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success."
- CHRIS WOOD ’20
Chris is a senior double-majoring in public accounting and business from Crystal Lake, Illinois. Outside of school he enjoys melting faces on the electric guitar and jamming with friends. Last summer, he gained better insight into the world of accounting by attending leadership events and he is also taking a couple of summer classes. After graduation, Chris hopes to start working as a public accountant and either move up to upper management or out into financial management. He loves hanging out and growing as a young professional with his fellow Bakers and cannot wait to go on some amazing trips with them.
“Whatever you do, do your best.”
Become a Baker Scholar The Baker Scholar application process is held in the spring and is open to current Hope College sophomores majoring or minoring in economics, management or accounting.
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