Governor’s Scholars Program

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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 5 Departure Information

Scholars’ last class will end at 3:30 pm on Friday, July 31st. 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, either 4:00 pm, 4:20 pm, or 4:40 pm. 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.

Scholars must turn in their ID card and room key to their RA before they leave campus. Any lost IDs or keys will result in a charge of $50. Any items left in a scholar’s room will be disposed of Friday as the residence halls will be cleaned and disinfected that evening.

GSP-Centre 2020 Closing Information

As our summer and the 2020 Governor’s Scholar Program comes to an end we want to congratulate all of our new scholars and wish you well on your future endeavors as you begin your senior year, start applying to colleges and universities, and enter the next chapter of your lives.

The GSP supports you in these next steps, and while the process is completely up to you, we have a few resources we will make available to you to help you in making these decisions.

  • One of the main things we will do in early August is release, with the permission of you and your parents/legal guardians, your name and social security number to Kentucky’s colleges and universities for the purpose of recruitment, enrollment, and scholarships. The money for scholarships is allocated by each Kentucky college/university and is not offered from or funded by the GSP. You may check out some of these scholarships on the official GSP website:
  • We also plan to offer other resources in early August, namely a contact sheet with the names and specific information for each Kentucky college/university, as well as a pre-recorded interview skill session with our Executive Director and accompanying resources from him that include practice tips and potential questions. You will find all this information on the official GSP website:’s-Scholars.aspx

The closing of our 2020 Governor’s Scholar Program also means the closing of our GSP-Centre campus office. The office closes at 5:00 PM on Friday, July 31st. After that time our phone, email, and website will not be answered, checked, or updated. Any and all questions from that point forward should be directed to the GSP-Frankfort office. You can reach the office in the following ways:

Online at:

Via phone at:  (502) 209-4420

Pre-Arrival Schedule

Each scholar must complete the 14-day pre-arrival form. Please begin checking your temperature on the dates indicated below for your session.

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.
Friday, July 17 Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 3 depart campus.
Sunday, July 19 Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 4 arrive on campus.
Friday, July 24 Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 4 depart campus.
Sunday, July 26 Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 5 arrive on campus.
Friday, July 31 Scholars attending GSP-Centre 2020 Week 5 depart campus. GSP-Centre campus closes until June 2021.
Pre-Arrival Schedule & Virtual Events
Suggested List of Items To Bring
GSP-Centre Week 5 Arrival Schedule

On-Campus Curriculum

The curriculum provides opportunities to develop both general and specific intellectual skills and talents through student participation in the following:

Focus Area

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.

Daily Schedule

Class Schedule

Focus Area Seminar
Sunday 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Monday 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 – 11:30 a.m.
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Cafeteria Hours – Cowan Dining Commons

Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Monday-Friday 7:30 – 8:45 a.m. 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.

*Dinner is NOT served on Friday

View Program Guide PDF

Residential Life

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.

Learning Environment
Residential Life
The Danville Community

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.

View Policies & Non-Negotiable Rules


GSP-Centre office closes on July 31, 2020 until June 2021. Any and all questions from that point forward should be directed to the GSP-Frankfort office. You can reach the office in the following ways:

Online at:

Via phone at:  (502) 209-4420

Mailing Address:

Governor’s Scholars Program Office
Brockman Commons Lobby
Centre College
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:

Telephone: 859.238.5955
Fax: 859.238.5774
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.