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MSU once again hosts Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program

Morehead State University will continue serving as a host campus for the Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program (GSP).  

Last year, MSU was awarded a three-year contract (2019-21) to continue serving as a host campus for the program. MSU first hosted GSP in 2006 and this year will be the eighth year the University has hosted GSP. Of the three universities that currently host GSP (others include Bellarmine University and Centre College), MSU is the only public university to host the program.  

The 339 scholars arrive on campus Saturday, June 22, with numerous activities planned throughout their five-week stay. GSP will conclude with a closing ceremony on Friday, July 26.  

“GSP tries to give students an experience in a region other than where they live every day,” said Melisa Patrick, coordinator of GSP and student services and outreach coordinator for the Office of Regional Education and Outreach. “It is a great opportunity to show what is special about Eastern Kentucky – our culture, resources, strengths and challenges – and particularly what Morehead State has to offer.”  

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a residential summer program for outstanding Kentucky students who have completed their junior year in high school. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth in a challenging, nontraditional environment that balances a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students who attend GSP must complete an application and compete with others from across the state. Those selected attend the program free of charge.  

“MSU wants to be considered a forward-thinking university. We want to recruit students who will think outside of the box for solutions to regional and global challenges, cutting edge technology, creative arts and cultural diversity,” Patrick said. “We hope to attract more students who will be intent on completing their education in a timely manner and who will encourage those around them to do the same. Hosting GSP is an opportunity to connect with those type of students en masse in, what we hope, is, an effective manner.”  

For more information on the Governor’s Scholars Program, call 606-783-2274, email or, or visit