Baker Scholars

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

The program enhances students’ business education and future careers with mentored experiences of discovery and exposure to business situations beyond the classroom.

Through conversations with business leaders and educational excursions to the centers of world commerce, the program enables Baker Scholars to accelerate their assumption of leadership roles in business and society upon graduation. They will have a broader context of the possibilities in the real world of business.


All George F. Baker Scholars are upper-class students studying economics, management or accounting. They are chosen by a panel of local 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 their general interest in the business world. To be considered for selection to the Baker Scholars Program you 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 management, 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.