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Governor’s Scholars Program

Applications for GSP 2021 are closed and the students have been selected.  Rising juniors who are considering participation during the summer of 2022 should watch this page in the fall for application information.

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors.

What will I learn and do?

Host campuses for 2021 are Bellarmine University in Louisville, Centre College in Danville, and Morehead State University in Morehead. 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.
Faculty and staff also invite a variety of speakers and performers from a range of disciplines and pursuits to visit campus. Carefully organized field trips, special events, and a film series also contribute to the comprehensive educational atmosphere in which scholars are challenged not only to examine, but, more importantly, to nurture their sense of learning and leadership.

How do I apply?

Student Application and Selection Packets are sent to every public, private and parochial school district in the state. In Knox County, you can download the application from the KCPS website or see your guidance counselor for more details.

Before reaching the statewide competition, each student must first submit his or her application through his or her school and participate in the district level competitions. Only those students selected and submitted by their district may compete in the statewide selection process. The number of nominees each district may submit to the statewide process is based on the district-wide junior class enrollment. Over 2,000 applications are received at the state level each year, with approximately 1,000 students selected to attend.


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Intent to Apply Form 

Please submit it ASAP, even if you are unsure whether you will submit an application

First Review of Application at Your School

Week of November 9, 2020

Second Review of Application at Your School

Week of December 14, 2020

Application Submission to KCPS District

January 11, 2021

Need Help?

District Point of Contact

Frank Shelton

Knox Central High School

Tammy Baker

Lynn Camp Schools 

Deanna Dozier