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. The Medical Coordinator in the Office is able to help with minor injuries and illnesses. Routine medical concerns may be seen by services provided by Murray Primary Care Medical Center,  available daily and scheduled through the GSP office. For more significant concerns, 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
8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday

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

Residence Hall:
HC Franklin College
  • Each two-person suite has its own private toilet and shower facilities. A small number of scholars may be placed in four-person suites that have private bedrooms and share a bath.  Scholars should bring light cleaning supplies for their rooms. 
  • Residence halls are air-conditioned.
  • Scholars should bring light cleaning supplies for their rooms.
  • All beds are extra-long twin size. Scholars will need to bring their own linens and pillow(s). Extra-long twin sheets work best.
  • Residence 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.)
  • 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 that they 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. 
  • Community kitchen facilities are available in each building.
  • Free 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.

Visitor Information

The only provision for visitation for family is on Family Day (Saturday, July 7th). On that day scholars may leave the campus with their families from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. if they wish.  Requests to keep scholars overnight (either Friday or Saturday evening) will not be honored.

Personal Mail

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

      Letters/packages to scholars:

Scholar Name
Murray State University                                              
c/o Governor’s Scholars Program                                                        
3500 H C Franklin Hall
Murray, KY 42071                                                            


Letters/packages to faculty/staff: 

Faculty/Staff Name
Murray State University
c/o Governor’s Scholars Program
3500 H C Franklin Hall
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.