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Left to right: Ean Hill, Olivia Walton, Emily Hines, Addison Haynes, Sophia Sharp, Eli Hill.


Bardstown High School is proud to announce that six juniors have been selected to attend the 2021 Governor’s Scholars Program.

Congratulations are in order for the following tigers: Sophia Sharp, Ean Hill,  Eli Hill, Addie Woods, Olivia Walton, and Emi Hines.

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a five-week summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge.

Nearly 2,000 applications are received at the state level each year, with approximately 1,000 students selected to attend. In order to participate in the Program, students must be nominated by their districts to enter at the state level. Bardstown High School submitted a total of six candidates to the state review board for consideration for acceptance to the program. To be accepted into this program is a high honor, and for all six of the Bardstown candidates to be accepted and attend is a record-breaking number, especially in a pandemic year. 

Selection for the Program is highly competitive. In addition to an academic profile that includes the difficulty of course load, GPA, and at least one standardized test score, the application requires an outline of all extracurricular activities, volunteer service, and employment history. A teacher recommendation, which includes both a quantitative evaluation and qualitative descriptions of the student’s performance and potential, is an additional component, along with a community recommendation, which shows how a student performs in a community setting beyond the high school. The final component of the application is an original writing entry.

Way to go Tigers, we can’t wait to see you experience such an amazing program!


For More Information
Kelly Bedtelyon

Director of Communications
502.331.8860

[email protected]

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