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Why Support GSP


The Governor's Scholars Program (GSP), now in its 39th year, is an inspirational five-week residential summer program for excellent Kentucky high school students who have finished their junior year and are rising seniors. The experience is academically interesting, encourages self-development and leadership, and instills a desire to help others.

The Governor's Scholars Program was established in 1983 as a consequence of widespread concern among Kentucky's leaders that the state's "best and brightest" were leaving the state to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully grasping the potential of their skills at home. The Program is still led and supported by a strong Board of Trustees.

Students are enlightened and inspired as a result of their GSP experience. Almost all of the state's public and private colleges and universities provide lucrative scholarship possibilities for Scholars to attend college in the Commonwealth. The confluence of these two features has helped provide enhanced leadership and economic benefits for Kentucky.

More than 33,000 students have now experienced the remarkable and unique aspects of this Program since its inception in 1983. These Scholars are Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. All of this has been made possible because of your dedication and investment in them. We deeply appreciate your support.​