Centre welcomes Governor’s Scholars Program back to campus

by Matt Overing

Centre College hosts the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program 2024

Centre will welcome the 2024 class of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program to campus on June 16, now the 35th year that the College has hosted the summer program for the state’s brightest rising high school seniors.

Building on the program’s four decades of service, GSP “strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders.” This summer, more than 1,000 scholars will be living and learning at host institutions across the state (Centre, Morehead State University and Murray State University).

"Centre and the Governor's Scholars Program share a deep desire to foster the next generation of civic-minded leaders, innovators and life-long learners," said Pam Baughman, Centre’s GSP liaison and the College’s vice president for student success. "We are thrilled to welcome more than 360 of Kentucky's best and brightest to immerse themselves in a transformative educational and social environment on a campus designed to amplify the benefits of a residential experience. Our partnership with GSP is special and we are excited to host this amazing program." 

Students who complete Kentucky’s Governor’s Scholars Program will be recognized with an automaticGSP Scholarship worth $120,000($30,000 annually for each of your four years of study) upon admission to Centre. The Governor’s Scholar Program matches Centre’s brand promise: to provide a supportive community and a flexible, personal academic path to a meaningful life and career.

Bryan Rich ’01, an AP teacher at Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky, is the campus director for Centre’s GSP scholars. He said the 360 incoming rising high school seniors hail from 88 counties across Kentucky for the five-week experience.

"In addition to their academic courses, the scholars will have a chance to explore and serve the wider communities of Boyle and surrounding counties," Rich said. "Personally, it is my honor to serve as GSP-Centre's Campus Director at my alma mater, as my time as an undergraduate at Centre was intellectually stimulating, while also providing me with many lifelong friendships."

Learn more about Centre GSP here.