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Eligibility & Requirements

To be eligible to apply and be selected as a Governor's Scholar, a student must:

  • Be in the 11th grade at a Kentucky public or private school at the time of selection and intend to return to a Kentucky school district for the next school term (Students skipping their senior year to enter college are not eligible);
  • Be a current resident of Kentucky;
  • Have taken the ACT, PSAT, or SAT in the 9th, 10th or 11th grades.

After completion of their own Governor's Scholars application, students must be selected and sent by their school districts or private schools to be considered for the statewide selection process.


The Governor's Scholars Program does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, physical capabilities, national and ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age in administration of its educational or admission policies. All admitted students are granted the rights and privileges generally accorded or made available to high school students while participating in the program.