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Governor's Scholars Program

      Description of the Governors Scholars Program

  The Governor's Scholars Program is stimulating, five-week, residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students completing their junior year in high school. Established in 1983, the popular program provides academic and personal growth in a challenging, non-traditional environment that balances a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.

To be eligible to apply and be selected as a Governor's Scholar, a student must:

  • Be in the 11th grade at the time of selection and intend to return to a Kentucky school district for the next school term (students skipping their senior year to enter college are not eligible)
  • Be a current resident of Kentucky
  • Have taken the ACT, PSAT, or SAT in the 9th, 10th or 11th grades

After completion of their own Governors Scholars application, students must be selected and sent by their school districts or private schools to be considered for the statewide selection process. If selected, scholars attend the program free of charge, needing only "pocket" money for personal and incidental expenses.


The 2018 program will be held on the Morehead State University in Morehead, the Murray State University in Murray, and the Northern Kentucky University campus in Highland Heights. Governors Scholars are drawn from accross Kentucky and represent the diversity of the Commonwealth. There are no grades or credits given. The program is singularly free from competition, creating an environment that is conductive to building community of friends and colleagues.

The program offers Scholars a chance to know and make friends with other enthusiastic, energetic students with high intellectual capacites. The give-and-take among Scholars from different backgrounds is one of the most treasured aspects of the program


(This description was sent to all superintendents, principals, and cousnelors)