Welcome to the Governor’s Scholars Program at Centre College 2020. We are committed to the academic and personal growth of Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. GSP at Centre provides the ideal balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience.
The Governor’s Scholars Program began in the summer of 1983 as an academic enrichment program to meet the needs of the Commonwealth’s 230 highest-achieving rising seniors. A year after its founding, The New York Times called it “an educational utopia.” Since that time, it has grown in both numbers and prestige. This summer, approximately 1000 scholars will spend one week on one of two GSP host campuses: Centre College in Danville and Bellarmine University in Louisville.
The mission of the Governor’s Scholars Program is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. This is accomplished by providing intellectual and personal growth in a challenging, non-traditional program whose curriculum and philosophy is rooted in the rich tradition of the liberal arts. The Program empowers students to think more creatively than they are able to do in a regular classroom setting, to collaborate with each other and their teachers, and to take an integrative, rather than a narrowly disciplined, approach to problems and issues.
GSP-Centre 2020 Week 1 Departure Information
Scholars’ last class will end at 3:30 pm on Friday, July 3rd. Scholars are asked to have everything packed after lunch on Friday so they are ready to leave at their designated time. Families will meet scholars at their residence halls at the departure time they signed up for on opening day. Family members can wait in the car for scholars to exit the residence building, or one family member can enter the building to help scholars move out. Any family member entering the halls will need to have their temperature taken and wear a mask at all times.
GSP-Centre 2020 Week 2 Opening Day Information
Please refer to the schedule for the opening day of GSP-Centre 2020 Week 2.
Each scholar must complete the 14-day pre-arrival form. Please begin checking your temperature on the dates indicated below for your session.
|Monday, June 29||Governor’s Scholars assigned to the GSP-Centre 3 Session and to the GSP-Bellarmine 3 Session, which begin on Sunday, July 12, should start logging their temperature.|
|Friday, July 3||Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 1 depart campus.|
|Sunday, July 5||Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 2 arrive on campus.|
|Monday, July 6||Governor’s Scholars assigned to the GSP-Centre 4 Session and to the GSP-Bellarmine 5 Session, which begin on Sunday, July 19, should start logging their temperature.|
|Friday, July 10||Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 2 depart campus.|
|Sunday, July 12||Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 2 arrive on campus.|
|Monday, July 13||Governor’s Scholars assigned to the GSP-Centre 5 Session and to the GSP-Bellarmine 5 Session, which begin on Sunday, July 26, , should start logging their temperature.|
The curriculum provides opportunities to develop both general and specific intellectual skills and talents through student participation in the following:
Courses that will allow a student to pursue a topic in-depth as a member of a small group stressing the development of ideas in the chosen discipline, with the option of additional independent study. Focus Areas meet daily for one and a half to two hours. For a complete listing of Focus Areas offered, see the GSP website.
Governor’s Scholars Seminar
This seminar, co-led by a Resident Advisor and by a faculty member, meets daily for one and a half to two hours. It stresses issues of personal development faced by scholars, including values, interpersonal relationships, career choices, and maximizing the value of their senior year in high school.
|Sunday||7:00 – 8:30 p.m.|
|Monday||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
|2:00 – 4:00 p.m.|
|Tuesday||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
|7:30 – 9:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday||2:00 – 4:30 p.m.||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
|Thursday||9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
|7:30 – 9:00 p.m.|
|Friday||9:00 – 11:00 a.m.||2:00 – 3:30 p.m.|
Cafeteria Hours – Cowan Dining Commons
|Monday-Friday||7:30 – 8:45 a.m.||11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.pm.||5:00 – 6:15 p.m.|
*Dinner is NOT served on Friday
One of the most important aspects of the Program is the opportunity for the student to become an active member in a living/learning environment – an opportunity that offers the freedom to grow and develop as an individual and that will demand the exercise of responsibilities that accompany and ensure that freedom. The student will be expected to contribute to the community and to interact with fellow students, faculty, and staff in building a cooperative, stimulating, and productive “community of scholars.”
The curriculum will be supplemented and enriched by virtual community experiences, residential life programming, and other opportunities to engage with the community outside of the classroom.
On Campus Facilities
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.
Routine medical concerns may be treated by nursing services provided by Bluegrass Immediate Care or First Care Clinic (a small fee may be applicable). As appropriate, scholars will be treated for major injuries and illnesses at Ephraim McDowell Hospital, located near the Centre College Campus.
Scholars who need allergy shots should arrange to get them before and after their week at the GSP.
Due to the current circumstances, library services are not available this summer.
Due to the current circumstances, athletic and recreational facilities are not available this summer.
Scholars have the opportunity to continue their faith traditions privately while on campus, but due to the current circumstances, transportation to and from services is not available this summer.
There is one ATM on campus in the Campus Center.
Residence Halls: Northside, Acheson/Caldwell, Cheek/Evans, Bingham, Breck, Nevin, and the Old Quad
- Scholars will be assigned to a single occupancy residence hall room.
- Wherever possible, scholars will be assigned a private restroom. Still, some scholars will have shared restrooms on the hall. In this case, we will provide a shower schedule to minimize overlap. Scholars should bring light cleaning supplies for the bathrooms.
- All Residence Halls are air-conditioned.
- All beds are twin beds. Scholars will need to bring linens and pillow. Extra-long twin sheets work best.
- Not all dorms have automatic Fire Suppression Systems.
- The rooms will not have refrigerators or microwaves. Scholars are discouraged from bringing appliances for the five days they are on campus as all meals are provided.
- Laundry facilities are not available this summer.
- Scholars may bring their own cell phones and personal electronic devices to use in their rooms.
- TV sets are not allowed.
- Courtesy Hours in Residence Halls: Scholars will be required to respect others’ needs for quiet time and rest after 10:00 p.m.
The cafeteria will be open Monday – Thursday for breakfast (7:00 – 8:45 a.m.), lunch (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.), and dinner (5:00 – 6:00 p.m.).
The cafeteria will be open on Friday for breakfast (7:00 – 8:45 a.m.) and lunch (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
No visitors are allowed at any time.
Due to the current circumstances, no mail/packages may be delivered this summer.
Scholars will be charged $50.00 for losing a room key during the program or not returning the room key 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 charge of $50.00 each time a key is lost or not returned helps defray this replacement cost.
Policies and Non-Negotiable Rules
Each scholar has the freedom to grow and develop her or his own potential. Each scholar must respect the other person’s freedom to do likewise. Therefore, one individual’s freedom extends as far as the next individual’s freedom. Inherent within these freedoms are the responsibilities that each owes to the other.
The GSPaper is a online journal documenting the GSP-Centre 2020 experience, created by scholars in the Journalism & Mass Media Focus Area.
Governor’s Scholars Program Office
Brockman Commons Lobby
600 West Walnut Street
Danville, KY 40422
Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – Noon
1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Eastern Standard Time)
Office & Telephone Numbers:
Emergency Telephone: (859) 236-4357 (HELP) on evenings & weekends
All telephone calls to scholars should go to their personal phones. Cell phones can be used in residence hall dorm rooms. In case of emergency, please contact the Governor’s Scholars Program campus office during daytime hours, Monday through Friday, and the College Department of Public Safety (859) 236-4357 (HELP) after hours and on weekends. For security reasons, an individual scholar’s room/phone number will not be given by phone at any time.