Murray State University selected as host site for Governor’s Scholars Program
By Shawn Touney | Jun 23, 2022
MURRAY, Ky. — Murray State University has been selected as a host site for the Governor’s Scholars Program during the summers of 2023, 2024 and 2025.
The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors as part of an effort to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with full co-curricular and residential life experiences. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.
The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the program has enjoyed excellent support and grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
The core curriculum for the summer sessions is threefold:
Focus Area: Courses that allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study.
General Studies: Classes that emphasize inquiry, service-learning, community leadership and resolution development.
Seminar: Personal development seminars that stress concerns and problems faced by students, including such subjects as values clarification, career choice and interpersonal relationships.
Faculty and staff who are part of the program also invite a variety of speakers and performers from a range of disciplines and pursuits to visit campus. Field trips, special events and a film series also contribute to the comprehensive educational atmosphere in which scholars are challenged not only to examine, but, more importantly, to nurture their sense of learning and leadership.
“The Governor’s Scholars Program is a prestigious program that, for many years, has provided enriching opportunities for some of the best and brightest high school students in Kentucky,” said Murray State President Dr. Bob Jackson. “Murray State University is honored to be accepted as a host site for the Summer 2023, 2024 and 2025 programs. We look forward to welcoming these future participants to our campus.”
Murray State first hosted the Governor’s Scholars Program in the 1980’s and most recently hosted in 2018.
The Summer 2023 Governor’s Scholars Program program at Murray State University will take place June 25 through July 29, 2023.