Nurturing enterprising leaders for others
The Baker Scholars Program was founded in 1973 at Georgetown College by the family of the late George F. Baker, a leading financier and philanthropist, who believed in cultivating business leaders who are both intellectually inspired and socially conscious.
The Georgetown difference
Of the several dozen such programs founded at universities across the country, Georgetown’s alone survives in its original form. The Baker Scholars Program finds its natural home along with the Jesuit ideals of ‘men and women for others’ and cura personalis, which is why it has endured – and become stronger – at Georgetown University.
The Program today
Over 40 years, the Baker Scholars Program has developed into one of Georgetown’s most prestigious and sought-after undergraduate development programs, offering a unique opportunity for Georgetown College students to learn about the world of business. As a group, the Scholars develop and lead initiatives to visit top businesses and leaders representing diverse industries across the country. Community service is also a fundamental element of the program, and the Scholars demonstrate this commitment by organizing impactful service events in the Washington, D.C. area.
Since its founding, the program has continued to evolve, but still remains a student-driven organization guided by the Trustees of the program and the Office of the Dean. The core value of developing business leaders who are defined by both intellectual achievement and social consciousness has remained unchanged, and after more than 40 years the program still represents the greatest ideals of George F. Baker and Georgetown University.