Governor's Scholars Program

Murray State University is a proud partner and host of the Governor's Scholars Program.

Students outside the clock tower

Welcome to the Governor’s Scholars Program at Murray State University 2024. We are committed to the academic and personal growth of Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. GSP at Murray provides the ideal balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.

Need help? Contact the GSP Office at or call 270.809.4565. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. (Closed from 12 to 1 p.m.)

The GSP-Murray office in Franklin Hall will open on Monday, June 10. You can reach us by phone at 270-809-4565. Our fax number is 270-809-4572. You also are welcome to send an email to

GSP-Murray Opening Day Schedule 2024

Check-in times for Opening Day, Sunday, June 23 are the following:

(All times are Central Time Zone; letters refer to the beginning letters of last names)

8:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Registration – Curris Center

  • M-R 8:45 a.m.
  • S-Z 9:30 a.m.
  • A-E 10:15 a.m.
  • F-L 11:00 a.m.

Parking is available in a large lot in front of the Curris Center off Chestnut Street. Signs and GSP staff will direct you to parking.

Lunch will not be available on campus for scholars and their families. There are numerous dining and shopping options close to the Murray State University campus.

Check-in will take place in the Curris Center (see campus map).

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Free time for lunch on your own. Enjoy time with your scholar!

2:15 p.m.
Scholars return to residence halls by 2:15 p.m. for hall meetings. This meeting is for scholars only and family members should be making their way to Lovett Auditorium and have left the residence hall area.

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.
Family/Faculty Meet and Greet (Optional) in Lovett Auditorium. This is a chance for family to meet and ask any questions directly to their scholar's faculty member.

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Family Meeting (without scholars) in Lovett Auditorium. After the faculty meet and greet, family members will hear from the Executive Director of the Governor’s Scholar Program, Dr. Aris Cedeño. Family members will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the welcome meeting.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Opening Day Ceremony in Lovett Auditorium. Scholars process out and families depart. Scholars will be heading to another meeting immediately.

4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Mandatory Community Meeting for 2024 scholars in Johnson Theatre.

Family Day

Sunday, July 7 is the day we set aside for parents and family members to visit the campus, see their children, and take their scholar off campus. Scholars may leave campus with their families from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. that day if they wish. Requests to keep scholars overnight (either Saturday or Sunday evening) will not be honored.

Closing Day

We will update the information about Closing Day (Saturday, July 27) as we get closer to the date. Please continue to follow the GSP-Murray website for updates.

Contact Us

Governor's Scholars Program - Murray

Murray State University

Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m CST. (Closed from 12 to 1 p.m.)


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