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Baker Scholars

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

The Hope College Baker Scholars Program is a leadership incubator — a leadership development program focused on business leadership exposure, business leadership experience, and personal leadership development — for a select group of high-potential Hope College Department of Economics and Business majors.

Through conversations with business leaders, educational excursions to the centers of world commerce, and opportunities to lead and reflect, the program enables Baker Scholars to accelerate their assumption of leadership roles in business and society upon graduation. Bakers have a broad understanding of themselves and the world of business.


All George F. Baker Scholars are upper-level students studying economics, business or accounting. They are chosen by a panel of business professionals with a wide range of experience in several different industries. The panel evaluates the applicants through an extensive application process and a series of rigorous interviews. Selected Baker Scholars are chosen because of their academic excellence, leadership potential and commitment to positively engaging and impacting the business world. 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.