The governor and legislature of Pennsylvania eliminated all Pennsylvania Governor’s Schools for Excellence in 2009. A grassroots effort has revived the Governor’s School for the Sciences; Lehigh University maintains the former Governor’s School for Global Entrepreneurship as the Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship; and the University of Pittsburgh maintains the former Governor’s School for Health Care as the University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy.

Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) is back! PGSS is an ungraded summer enrichment program which is in session for five weeks, seven days per week. All students are required to live on the CMU campus in a college dormitory. It is an intense program in which the students take lecture courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science. In addition, they are expected to participate in their choice of one laboratory course in either biology, chemistry, physics, or computer science, and to engage in team research projects in one of the above five major discipline areas. The students also have the opportunity to take elective courses which may vary from year to year, to participate in several field trips, and to be further enriched by a distinguished guest lecture series.

  • Host: Carnegie Mellon University
  • Focus: Science/STEM
  • Length: 5 weeks
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Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship

A former Pennsylvania Governor’s School, the Global Entrepreneurship program (PSGE) was established in 2001 and is a unique and experiential learning environment at Lehigh University.  Seventy six students will be selected for the 2013 program. The purpose of the PSGE program is to expose students to the topics of entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment and to ignite the students’ spirit of creativity, innovation and learning. 

University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy, formerly the Pennsylvania Governor's School for Health Care, is a four week program held in June and July for 110 students who are interested in learning more about health care and health care careers. The program focuses on exposing students to the health care delivery system, learning about the variety of careers available in the field of health care, understanding current issues in health care, and incorporating what they learn in a medical profession.

  • Host: University of Pittsburgh
  • Focus: Health care
  • Length: 4 weeks
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