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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

Jillian Pontz

I started my time at Gordon not entirely knowing in what direction I wanted to take my variety of interests which included education, music, and ministry; however, I knew that Gordon was a place that would cover all my bases. Participating in my education classes and many different conversations with many amazing people, I realized that teaching is my call. In my study abroad experience to Costa Rica, an experience that help form my worldview, I discovered how teaching and the relationships I form with the children can be a ministry in and of itself. Also, being a part of the A.J. program has helped me throughout this process. It has equipped me with the people and also with the confidence to say yes to the things that are scary, knowing that they will help me grow.
Jillian Pontz
Elementary Education major; Spanish and Special Education minor

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!