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Engaging Personal and Professional Development for Emerging Scholars and Leaders
The A. J. Gordon Scholars program prepares students to engage our complex world with their own unique strengths and curiosity. A. J. Gordon Scholars develop a personalized plan for their scholarship and leadership development while engaging on and beyond campus with their cohort peers through their four years at Gordon College. Through a series of workshops, seminars, retreats and group and individual experiences, scholars prepare themselves for faithful service and leadership in their homes, churches, workplaces, and communities worldwide.
What does it involve?
The A. J. Gordon Scholars program utilizes a cohort model where students build lasting relationships through shared learning experiences, and then enjoy even deeper growth in these friendships through activities in smaller intentional groups among the cohort. The first year of the program focuses on unpacking our five foundations of strengths, curiosity, learning, leading and faith, and we craft individual personal and professional development plans with these themes at the forefront.
Other major focuses of the program include strong mentoring relationships and a commitment toward bettering our community. The unique benefit of the A. J. Gordon Scholars Program is an intentional, personalized approach to exploring each student’s passions and callings, and then developing a path forward through college and into the future with those God-given passions in mind.
Chemistry, Pike: Green Chemistry
"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."