Campus Information

Health Services

Scholars must bring their own medications and doctors’ instructions. Scholars may want to bring some basic medicines (e.g., ibuprofen or an antihistamine) with them in order to treat very minor illnesses. Scholars may keep medications in their own rooms. Routine medical concerns will be seen by nursing services provided by Murray State University, available most weekday mornings and scheduled through the GSP office. For more significant concerns, Primary Care Medical Facility is located 1.5 miles from campus. This facility provides most medical services. As appropriate, scholars will be treated for major injuries and illnesses at Murray-Calloway County Hospital located 1 mile from campus.

Food Services

All meals will be served in Winslow Cafeteria, which will be reserved for the exclusive use of GSP. Cafeteria hours are as follows:


7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday

10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Library Services

Scholars will have full access to the Waterfield Library. The library’s summer hours are as follows:

Monday – Thursday
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Athletic & Recreational Facilities

The Susan E. Bauernfeind Recreation and Wellness Center features an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, weight room, three basketball courts, volleyball courts, elevated indoor track, ping-pong tables, racquetball courts, and other facilities. There are also outdoor basketball and tennis courts and an outdoor track available for scholar use. For more information, click here

Religious Services

Opportunities for scholars to continue their faith traditions are found adjacent to or within walking distance of the campus. Transportation to and from church may be provided by the Governor’s Scholars Program and/or by local churches (this is the only exception to the rule prohibiting scholars from riding in any unofficial vehicles).


An ATM is located on the 2nd floor of the Curris Center and is available from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. daily. Unfortunately, there are no check-cashing facilities available on campus.

Residential Hall Information

Women’s Residence Hall:
Hester College
Men’s Residence Hall:
James H. Richmond College
  • Each two-person suite in James H. Richmond has its own private toilet and shower facilities. Each floor in Hester College has two community bathrooms with multiple shower stalls; each room has a sink.Scholars should bring light cleaning supplies for their rooms.
  • Both Hester and Richmond Colleges are air-conditioned.
  • All beds are extra-long twin size. Scholars will need to bring their own linens and pillow(s). Extra-long twin sheets work best.
  • Both Hester and Richmond Halls have automatic fire suppression systems for safety.
  • Refrigerators are not provided. Scholars may bring their own refrigerator, not to exceed 4.5 cubic feet. Only one refrigerator will be permitted per room.
  • Microwaves are not provided, but scholars may bring their own microwave, 700 watts maximum. Only one microwave will be permitted per room. (Most students do not have much use for a microwave and make do with the community kitchen.)
  • Community kitchen facilities are available in each hall.
  • Coin (quarter) laundry machines are available in each hall. Scholars will need to provide their own detergent, etc.
  • TV sets and personal computers, including tablet computers, are not permitted.
  • Scholars should bring a small trash can for the room.
  • Courtesy Hours

    Scholars will be required to respect others’ needs for quiet time and rest during the following nighttime hours:

    Sunday – Thursday:
    after 10:30 p.m.
    Friday – Saturday:
    after 11:00 p.m.
  • Security in the residence halls will be provided 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
  • We are not able to distribute roommate names or information before the Program begins. We recommend that scholars who have a refrigerator or microwave and space to bring it pack it for Opening Day. If neither roommate has a refrigerator or microwave but feels the need to purchase one (many scholars do not have them during the Program), they can be purchased at Wal-Mart or Lowe’s, both of which are adjacent to campus.

Visitor Information

The only provision for visitation for family is on Family Day (Saturday, July 11th). No visitors are allowed without permission of the Campus Director.

Personal Mail

Packages and letters can be sent to the scholars, faculty, and staff as follows:

Letters/packages to FEMALE scholars:
Female Scholar Name
Governor’s Scholars Program
6001 Hester College
Murray, KY 42071
Letters/packages to MALE scholars:
Female Scholar Name
Governor’s Scholars Program
5000 Richmond College
Murray, KY 42071
Letters/packages to faculty/staff:
Faculty/Staff Name
Governor’s Scholars Program
6001 Hester College
Murray, KY 42071

Post Office

A post office is located in the Curris Center. Scholars can mail letters and purchase postage there.

Lost Key Charge

Scholars will be charged $75.00 for losing a room key during the program or not returning their assigned room keys at the end of the program. For security reasons, each time a key is lost, the key core on the door must be changed. The $75.00 charge per lost or unreturned key helps defray the core replacement cost.