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Igniting the Flame of Curiosity, a short profile of Governor's Scholars Program

Governor's Scholars Program Overview

We Built a House

"The Governor's Scholars Program has always been a rewarding experience for me as a journalism teacher. This was my fourth year on the faculty and one of the best. GSP celebrated its 30th anniversary this year, and to commemorate the milestone, the faculty, staff and scholars on the Bellarmine University campus built a house in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Since the Governor’s Scholars Program encourages intellectual risk, I took one myself and created this project: Two great organizations dedicated to creating a better future for the people of Kentucky become partners in an endeavor never before tried. Never before have 360 rising high school seniors had an opportunity to work together to build a home for a deserving family. Never before has Habitat taken on the challenge of organizing a such a project and completing the build in four short weeks, a third of the usual time for a Habitat home. The project had a profound effect on everyone involved – especially the scholars who discovered a new way to change the world. Enjoy the journey." -Jeanie Adams-Smith, 2012