Three Knox County students will soon be packing their bags for a challenging summer filled with adventure and exploration.
Abigail Sell and Evan Smith representing Lynn Camp and Addison Osborne representing Knox Central will get a taste of college life this summer during the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP). GSP is a five-week, summer residential program for outstanding Kentucky high school students between their junior and senior year.
The Governor’s Scholars Program was initiated in 1983 to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. Students who are selected attend free of charge, with financial support for the Program provided by partnerships between the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise.
Sell, Smith, and Osborne will join peers from across the Commonwealth on one of three university campuses. This year’s sessions are being held at Morehead University, Murray State University, and Northern Kentucky University.
The three will each be assigned a focus area, or “major”, according to their preferences indicated during the application process. The students will also complete general studies courses, which include service-learning in the community and a seminar or discussion-based small group that emphasizes respectful debate and discussion.
Scholarships and other opportunities following high school graduation often come with participation in the Governor’s Scholars program. Most Kentucky colleges and universities award GSP graduates with four-year tuition and other special scholarships to assist with their expenses while attending college.