Current Baker Scholars
The 2016–2017 Baker Scholars includes six senior and seven junior economics and business majors and minors.
- JOSHUA BRIGGS – Class of 2017
Joshua Briggs was born in Medina, Ohio, and is currently working on a chemistry and economics double major with a biology minor. His extra-curricular activities include: Student Ambassadors, Student Congress, Mortar Board, Children’s After School Achievement, chemistry tutoring and the Andrew Mellon Scholars. In the Baker Scholars program, Josh enjoys interacting with business professionals who work in careers which he otherwise wouldn’t have encountered. This summer, Josh will be working in prosthodontic/orthodontic dental clinics as a student-intern in May. For the remainder of the summer, he will be working for Michigan State University as a biology research assistant. In the long term, Josh would like to pursue a career in the medical field, likely in dentistry or a related specialty. Ideally, he would like to find a path that weds his passions for the sciences and business into a vocation that helps people.
“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”
- JESSICA GRANGER – Class of 2017
- Jessica is from East Lansing, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in management and minor in studio art. Jessica was the Director of Event Planning for the Hope College Business Club and has participated in multiple study abroad opportunities to places such as Austria, Rwanda and Jamaica. She has also launched her own business, a Social Polling App called Tizzy, and is working on a second waste-to-energy social enterprise called GLADglobe through the Center for Faithful Leadership. Jessica recently completed an internship at ArtPrize and is currently a Finance Intern at Start Garden, a venture capital firm and startup ecosystem in Grand Rapids. After graduation, she would like to bring GLADglobe to life or work in the social enterprise space.
- LAUREL HALL – Class of 2017
Laurel Hall is from Chelsea, Michigan, and is studying management with studio art and leadership minors. She is a consultant through the Center for Faithful Leadership, a member of the Hope Entrepreneurship Initiative program, is part of Markets & Morality, designs for the Department of Economics and Business, and recently launched a greeting card line called Ordinary Card Co. She is thankful for the exposure to a variety of opportunities and conversations made possible through the Baker program, and is excited to serve as Vice President of the Bakers while continuing to discover ways to best use her gifts to serve. This summer Laurel will work on her card line through the Hope Entrepreneurship Initiative Incubator as well as working full time as a consultant for CFL alongside Fleetwood, Ditto and several other local companies. She will graduate in December 2016 and hopes to pursue a design position that will incorporate her loves for creativity, business, human rights and travel.
“O lands! O all so dear to me – what you are, I become part of that, whatever it is.”
- WILLIAM HARRISON – Class of 2017
Bill is from South Lyon, Michigan, and is pursuing degrees in economics and business management. At Hope, Bill is an active member of the Fraternal Society. He has also been a Residential Assistant for the past two years, and he enjoys giving back as a mentor in both the Special Education Ministries and Ready for Life programs. As a senior, Bill is eager to continue to learn and grow as a leader in business through the opportunities that Baker provides. Bill is currently involved in financial planning, working as an independent contractor for Primerica. He will also be interning this summer in the Wealth Management department at Plante Moran. Upon graduation, Bill aspires to take on a finance position in a local start-up company while continuing in wealth management.
“I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
- ALISSA HEYNEN – Class of 2018
Alissa Heynen is from Ada, Michigan, and is majoring in economics with a minor in women’s and gender studies. At Hope, Alissa is involved in Residential Life, Business Club, Children’s After School Achievement and Alpha Phi Omega — a co-ed service fraternity. She also enjoys writing letters, playing ukulele and traveling. Alissa is looking forward to being a part of the Baker Scholars Program and being able to build relationships with the people she meets through the program. Following graduation, Alissa hopes to work in the non-profit field in community development or through a position that helps to empower women in business.
“Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else.”
- PAUL NELSON – Class of 2017
Paul is from Naperville, Illinois, and is pursuing a degree in economics and mathematics. On campus, Paul has participated in undergraduate research in the economics and statistics department and is a volunteer Young Life leader, mentoring high school students. In regards to the Baker Scholars, Paul is looking forward to further chances to meet men and women convicted in their faith who have found success in business. Paul will be serving the Bakers as President next year and is excited to push each Baker to maximize their potential in their vocations. This summer, Paul will be an actuarial/predictive modeling intern at Zurich Insurance Group in Chicago. After graduation, he will continue to combine his passions for markets and applied mathematics by pursuing fellowship in the Society of Actuaries.
“Hardship often prepares an ordinary person for an extraordinary destiny.”
- LOGAN ROCK – Class of 2018
Logan was born and raised in Saint Joseph, Michigan. He is currently working on a public accounting and management double-major with a focus on taking the CPA exam after graduation. His extra-curricular activities include: team leading for Young Life, consulting with the Center for Faithful Leadership, tutoring economics for the Academic Success Center and attending Business Club events. In the Baker Scholars program, Logan is excited to learn about being a Christian leader in the global business market. He also looks forward to narrowing down his career goals and direction through networking with former Baker Scholars. This summer, Logan will be working at his family’s businesses, taking summer classes and attending leadership events for public accounting firms. After graduation, Logan would like to pursue a career in the professional services industry, either in audit or consulting.
“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful men keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit.”
- ADAM ROLAIN – Class of 2018
Adam Rolain is from Rochester, Michigan, and is double majoring in management and economics with a minor in Spanish. He is also a member of business club, involved with Nykerk Cup competition and Marketing Manager at Cool Beans Coffee Shop on Hope’s campus. Adam looks forward to progressing further along with his communication and relational skills through the Baker Scholars program and hopes it will shape him to be a well-rounded professional. Adam will be traveling to Málaga, Spain, on a May term with the Spanish department this summer as well as interning with Michigan Bucks Soccer Club. After graduation, Adam wants to work in sports management with the hopes of a job in baseball.
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
- MEGAN STERBA – Class of 2018
Megan Sterba is from Troy, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in Management. At Hope, she works at the Career Development Center and is on the graphic design team for the Student Activities Committee. Megan is part of the Business Club and loves to attend Outdoor Adventure Club events any chance she gets. Megan will be spending a majority of her summer attending the Vienna Summer School and then traveling around Europe. As a Baker, Megan is looking forward to networking opportunities with alumni and growing as a leader and business professional. Upon graduation Megan is hoping to work in a marketing firm or an advertising agency.
“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”
- JULIA TOREN – Class of 2018
Julia Toren is from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and is pursuing an economics major and mathematics minor. At Hope, Julia has been involved with Student Congress and the Volunteer Services Committee, also working in the Events and Conferences Office and as a tutor in the Academic Success Center. During her free time, Julia likes to spend time with her family, watch sports and be outdoors. This summer, Julia will be continuing her work as an intern in the Pricing and Incentives Team at Steelcase, Inc. Julia is looking forward to being exposed to a variety of careers through the experiences the Baker Scholars provide while engaging with professionals throughout the world.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters… It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
- ANH TRINH – Class of 2018
Anh is from Hanoi, Vietnam, and is pursuing a double major in public accounting and management. On campus, she participated in Nykerk, volunteers for Children’s After School Achievement and is treasurer of Hope’s Asian Perspective Association. Anh is also working as an International Ambassador for the Admission Office, as well as working for the Social Science Office. Anh’s most recent experience of business was her marketing internship last summer in Vietnam. As a new Baker, Anh hopes to have a better glimpse and exposure to the business environment, to meet different people and to build strong connections with business professionals around the globe. She is looking forward to the opportunities, experiences and challenges that help her in her future career. In the near future, Anh is looking to pursue a job with a CPA firm.
“If you can’t fly, then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.”
—Martin Luther King Jr.
- QIAN WANG – Class of 2017
Qian is from Qingdao, China, and is pursuing a business management major with a communication minor. On campus, she is a Chinese language tutor and also works at the media service desk as a library assistant. Qian has grown socially and academically from the opportunities that the Baker Scholars Program has provided. This summer, Qian will study abroad to Vienna, Austria, for both May and June terms. Following that, she will be taking a gap semester in fall 2016 in China and will be interning full-time with PwC China at the consulting department. After graduation, Qian is interested in pursuing a career in either human resources or operations.
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”
—W. Clement Stone
- GWYNETH WORTZ – Class of 2018
Gwyneth is from Okemos, Michigan, and is pursuing a major in business management with minors in leadership, studio art, French and Arabic studies. On campus, she volunteers at Renew Therapeutic Riding center and Habitat for Humanity, served as the events coordinator for the Hope College Business Club in 2015 and co-chair for the Hope College Republicans from 2015–2016. Gwyneth will be attending the Vienna Summer School through Hope, which will supplement her work last summer in Botswana, working with students, local artists and entrepreneurs. Through all of this she will continue advancing her startup, “Yours Truly,” in the Hope College Incubator. She looks forward to developing herself as a business professional and as a global citizen by connecting with Baker Scholars and other business professionals. It is her desire to one day combine her interests for international business, art and fashion to work in luxury brand management and marketing.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
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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