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Clarendon Scholars

From the city, to the city.

The Clarendon Scholars program is an urban leadership development and honors program that prepares students to pursue careers as leaders in cities and urban areas around the country.

Over the course of your four years at Gordon, you will attend the Clarendon retreat and four "Foundations" workshops, participate in a paid summer internship, complete a capstone senior thesis project, and engage in additional Gordon Honors and Scholars programming.

Student Spotlight

Jillian Pontz

What brought me to Gordon was The Kinesiology major and Clarendon program. I have always been interested in the human body and its functionality and mechanism of movement. I knew I wanted to pursue this passion in a godly environment, and I felt the Lord calling me to Gordon. In my involvement as a Clarendon, Mío intern, and involvement in administration, my purpose developed into helping others and pursuing a nursing career. Clarendon provided me with incredible mentors who encouraged and nurtured my passion to follow God’s path. These mentors were the most prominent influence in my time at Gordon, and, without their guidance, I would not have been able to achieve the best, God-following version of myself. Not only that, but Clarendon provided a strong community of believers that played a large part in my college experience as well as helping me grow closer to God and His plan for my life. I look forward to moving into the nursing world, knowing that the Clarendon program has equipped me to accomplish this path where God has placed me.
Emanuela Silva, ‘23
Kinesiology (pre-nursing concentration) | Clarendon Scholar

Your Four-Year Experience

YEAR 1: Examine the five pillars of the Clarendon program
YEAR 2: Discover career and calling
YEAR 3: Explore leadership and community engagement
YEAR 4:  Complete a senior thesis project

Learn more about your four-year experience ➔


  • Tight-knit cohort community
  • Cultural fluency
  • Mentoring
  • Paid summer internship
  • Multi-city road trip senior year


  • Be a U.S. high school senior 
  • Possess a minimum 3.0 GPA 
  • Demonstrate a heart for service through leadership in church, community, and/or school 
  • Demonstrate a desire to serve cities and urban environments through a future career


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