Kentucky has three governor’s school programs: the Governor’s Scholars Program, the Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts, and the new Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.

Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge. In the spirit of partnership, the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise come together to provide the financial support for the Program.

  • Hosts: Bellarmine University, Morehead State University, Murray State University
  • Focus: Interdisciplinary
  • Length: Five weeks
  • Website: gsp.ky.gov

Kentucky Center Governor’s School for the Arts

Every summer for the past twenty-five years, GSA and its faculty of professional artist/educators have guided over two hundred of Kentucky’s finest young artists through three weeks of incredibly intense (and incredibly fun) arts instruction (since 2000, on the campus of Transylvania University in Lexington). GSA auditions promising high school sophomores and juniors in nine different arts disciplines: Architecture, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, New Media, Visual Art and Vocal Music.

  • Host: Transylvania University
  • Focus: Arts
  • Length: 3 weeks
  • Website: kentuckygsa.org

Kentucky Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs

The Governor's School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) is an entrepreneurship program designed to give Kentucky high school students a hands-on opportunity to invent a product and create a business around it. Students will come ready to roll up their sleeves, work as a team, and create something that provides a real world solution. GSE's unique program brings teachers, schools, universities, graduate students, start-up technology companies, experienced entrepreneurs, scientists and engineers all together into a dynamic summer learning experience.

  • Host: Georgetown College
  • Focus: Entrepreneurship
  • Length: 3 weeks
  • Website: gse.kstc.com