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Last Updated: 8/23/2021 3:52 PM

Governor's Scholar Program

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 Governor’s 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 2020 program will be held on the campuses of Bellarmine University in Louisville, Centre College in Danville, and Morehead State University in Morehead.  Governor's Scholars are selected from across Kentucky and represent the diversity of the Commonwealth.

There are no grades or credits.  The program is singularly free from competition, creating an environment that is conducive to building a community of friends and colleagues.

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

Attention Juniors interested in applying for Governor’s Scholar for the Summer of 2020:  It’s time to start thinking about the application process. . .mostly the TESTS!!!!  The ACT, SAT or PSAT are required for the application process.  You only have 1 chance to take the PSAT and it’s at DHCS. 

Don’t delay, register online today:



GSP applications and sealed letters of recommendation are due to Mrs. Leistner in guidance by Dec. 1st.  Applications and helpful hints are available on the GSP website:


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