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A. J. Gordon Scholars

Cultivating the Curiosity and Character of Emerging Scholars and Leaders

Since 1983, The A. J. Gordon Scholars program has been cultivating the individual curiosity and initiative of earnest, globally-minded undergraduate Christian scholars. Character and influence are formed through growing knowledge, understanding, and experience in each scholar’s chosen areas of study and interest. This program fosters imagination, creativity, personal and community engagement, and professional influence for faithful citizenship.

Over the course of your four years at Gordon, you will join in A. J. retreats, attend workshops, establish mentoring relationships, participate in community asset projects and engage in additional Gordon College Honors & Scholars programming.

Student Spotlight

Victoria Arau

"The A. J. Scholars program gave me a platform not only to discuss how to better synthesize faith, curiosity, and academic pursuit with like-minded individuals but also to explore how my curiosities can be used to serve others well. This opportunity to connect what I was curious about to my academic ventures and consequently my faith has made me a more holistic person, striving towards synthesizing interests and service while empowering others to do the same."

Victoria Arau
Chemistry, Pike: Green Chemistry

Your Four-Year Experience

YEAR 1: Build – unpack the program's five foundations and craft personal and professional development plans
YEAR 2: Explore – leadership, spiritual disciplines and calling
YEAR 3: Develop – projects and personal academic and professional experiences
YEAR 4:  Capstone – complete and present scholarship in an area of academic or professional focus

Learn more about your four-year experience ➔


  • Close cohorts
  • Seminars, retreats, and social experiences
  • Individualized coaching
  • Individualized learning plan
  • Preparation for servant-leadership through practical experiences in community engagement 


  • Be a high school senior
  • Minimum GPA of 3.75
  • Demonstrate sincere academic curiosity and initiative in one or more areas of interest
  • Demonstrate a desire to take initiative in serving or leading others in groups or communities



Interested in learning more? Make sure you explore the full Program Details page, and don’t hesitate to  with questions!