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A. J. Gordon Scholars Program Details

As Gordon's longstanding heritage four-year scholarship program, The A. J. Gordon Scholars Program is designed to foster imagination, creativity, personal and community engagement, and the influence of faithful citizenship in the places each scholar is called. Read more below to learn what that looks like in practice.

GPA Requirement
In order to remain eligible for this scholarship, students must maintain a 3.3 GPA.

Scholars cohort

Common Experiences, Shared Learning

From our Welcome program in the first year, and the series of annual social events with other A. J. Gordon Scholars each year, to our tradition of sending off final year AJs with a final meal together, the experience of being an AJ is inclusive. While AJs pursue individualized plans, we are still AJs together – an unconventional gathering of earnest souls eager to support, challenge, and celebrate each other’s progress toward fully becoming who God has made each of us to be. The second-year AJ retreat focuses on these important transitions: developing the disciplines required for agile leaders – practices of solitude and silence, and diligent preparation and reflection, as well as developing one’s sense of vocation and calling through which we become active citizens of faith in the work and places God provides. We celebrate graduation transitions in the final year by visiting these ideas again as Scholars take their next steps in their lifelong journey.

As an A. J. Gordon Scholar, you will enter your first year with 16-24 other curiously-driven students - your cohort - who share your strong commitment to Christ, love of learning, and desire to have a positive impact on the world. You will learn together, challenge and support each other, and discover the value of actively lending your strengths and influence to your own points of engagement on campus and beyond. Alongside your studies in year one, your cohort will enjoy the fellowship of smaller groups of 4-5 first-year AJs led by seasoned A. J. Gordon Scholars for a deeper, more intentional time of discussion. In subsequent years, your emerging personal program goals start to shape your experiences while continuing the relationships with your cohort and the rest of the continuing A. J. Gordon Scholars.

Learning Relationships and Honors Mentoring
In addition to cohort relationships you build with other A. J. Gordon Scholars, we value building effective learning relationships in your chosen areas of discovery. These mentors might be with seasoned scholars or research partnerships with faculty or others, or experiential apprenticeships with key individuals along the way. Program staff and seasoned A. J. Gordon Scholars provide your initial mentoring contact points in your first and second years to help you make a successful transition to college life, and the life of a faithful, engaging scholar in your own chosen path. Their established personal and professional networks become your first model for building your own.

Enhanced personalized program

The A.J. Gordon Scholars program was created for emerging scholars like you, driven to pursue your God-given curiosity with your emerging talents in whichever areas of learning and professional development you are being called. Unlike traditional honors programs packed with additional general education requirements and classes, the A.J. Gordon Scholars program is focused on enhancing your own focused curriculum to better serve your unique opportunities at Gordon. Planning incorporates academic and co-curricular learning and experiences, internships, campus engagement in athletics, music, theater, missions, ministry or other areas, and, developing a practical community asset project with your small group or other campus partners along the way.

Year One: Building our Foundation
Program Orientation Retreat

In the first-year, A. J. Gordon Scholars share a program orientation retreat the weekend following College Welcome Week. 

Scholars Workshop (GHI 010)
Scholars Workshop is a course that A. J. Gordon Scholars take that seeks to provide a structured seminar for learning. It explores the program's five foundations which are the building blocks for each scholar’s personalized learning plan. These five foundations are Strengths, Curiosity, Learning, Leading, and Faith. Over the first year, and we engage all of our development of personal and professional plans with these constantly in mind. These five foundations give us common language to explore our own pathways, together. In this course, we also explore our individual and collective engagement and influence in the world. 

COR 107 The Great Conversation
A. J. Gordon Scholars will also take a special honors section of COR 107 The Great Conversation, a first-year seminar and writing course required for all Gordon students. 

Years Two through Four: Planned Success
Second Year Retreat
In the second-year, A. J. Gordon Scholars share a weekend retreat exploring leadership, spiritual disciplines, and calling. 

Community Asset Projects
Based on shared interests or established needs, scholars are encouraged (as individuals or in teams) to build community partnerships and influence the community experience of their fellow citizens through a large project. They have a chance to learn the practices of project development and management, teamwork, collaboration, community networking, and advocacy. Projects are a practical learning experience and a means to return service to the campus community. 

Leadership thru influence and building experience
The common curriculum for A. J. Gordon Scholars includes introduction to and ongoing development in these five foundations for each scholar: strengths, curiosity, learning, leading and faith. Through the common language and structure of these aspects of personal and professional development you form and launch your own plan for fully engaging your talents and strengths, driven by your curiosity. You pour these into both your primary areas of undergraduate scholarship and research, and opportunities for influence and leadership. These are shaped by your continually growing personal faith in Christ and its living presence among others in the world.

Research, Theses and Professional Capstones
A. J. Gordon Scholars are strongly encouraged to complete a culminating scholarly or professional capstone, Honors Thesis, or internship by graduation, which is often built into the personal learning plan. This is left intentionally broad to encompass all of the various paths and opportunities available to each individual student, given the diversity of their academic paths and learning plans.

Community Engagement

You among others; Here and now

Based on the life and ministry of Rev. Dr. A. J. Gordon, the A. J. Gordon Scholars seek practical engagement in everyday places, wherever in the world they are called to be. Scholars will learn about the role of personal and professional influence in communities, and the manner in which strong communities are forged in partnerships between individuals, neighbors, and the organizations and institutions that connect them. 

AJs have not only been research partners with college faculty and with Boston-area companies, pursuing creative study away and missions programs around the world, and adding alternative honors pursuits in their chosen discipline, they also continue to be active leaders in athletics, music, theater, residence life and other campus and local ministry and service while at Gordon. Preparation for a lifetime of faithful influence and leadership in homes, workplaces, churches and communities worldwide begins by gaining practical experience in learning while leading at Gordon. Leading by lending your talents and strengths to those things God calls you to with others is the privilege of every A. J. Gordon Scholar. Why wait? Let’s go!

Your Four Year Experience

First-year

Second-year

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

GHI 010
Scholars Workshop
(0 credits)

COR 107
The Great Conversation (A. J. seminar)
(4 credits)

Fall Second-Year retreat

 Your unique features*

Fall First-Year program orientation

Personalized Learning Plan committed

Community Asset Projects (CAP)

CAP foundations and launches

Third-year

Final year

Fall

Spring

Fall

Spring

Your unique features*

Your unique features*

Departmental Honors, Senior Thesis or project

Departmental Honors, Senior Thesis or project

Your leadership and influence Your leadership and influence

GHI 010 Scholars Workshop
(0 credits)

Celebrating transitions

*Study-away semesters or summer engagements fit in, or in-between these sessions.

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