Governor’s Scholars Program

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The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors.  The five week experience takes place on one of three college campuses that are selected annually.  For the summer of 2017, those campuses are Morehead State, Murray State, and Northern Kentucky University.  Students who are selected attend the program without charge.

What you will learn

The core curriculum for these summer sessions is threefold:

Focus Area: Courses that allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study.

General Studies: Classes the emphasize inquiry, service-learning, community leadership, and resolution development.

Seminar: Personal development seminars that stress concerns and problems faced by students, including such subjects as values clarification, career choice, and interpersonal relationships.

What are the requirements?

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

  • Be in the 11th grade at a Kentucky public or private school 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.

The Governor’s Scholars Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, physical capabilities, national and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age in administration of its educational or admission policies. All admitted students are granted the rights and privileges generally accorded or made available to high school students while participating in the program.

How you apply

The selection process takes place at both the school district and at the state level.  High school students will download, complete, and submit a copy of the GSP application to their high school guidance counselor (Mrs. Tammy Baker at Knox Central and Mrs. Deanna Dozier at Lynn Camp) on or before December 5, 2016.

Once all applications are collected from Knox Central and Lynn Camp, they are combined together and blind copies of each student’s application are created.  The blind copies are used by the district’s scoring and review committee to rank the applications in order of score based on the state GSP scoring rubrics.

The school district has a limited number of applications that it can submit to the state GSP selection committee for review.  Our number varies from year to year, and is determined by the number of high school juniors enrolled in the school district at a certain point each fall.

Once the top applications are determined at the district level, they are then sent on to the state GSP committee for scoring.  Students are notified if their application is sent to the state GSP committee by December 12, 2016.  The Governor’s Scholars Program will notify students by April 12, 2017 as to whether or not they have been accepted for the summer 2017 program.

Forms and information you will need

Helpful website

Governor’s Scholars Program State Website:

Helpful people to contact

School level Points of Contact for the Governor’s Scholars Program

Mrs. Tammy Baker
Knox Central High School Guidance Counselor

Mrs. Deanna Dozier
Lynn Camp High School Guidance Counselor

Mr. Frank Shelton
Knox County GSP Coordinator

Your High School English Teacher
For feedback on the essay portion of the application

Your Club/Organization Advisor(s)
For feedback on the community service, extracurricular and awards portions of the application