CALLOWAY COUNTY, Ky. (5/9/13) – Three Calloway County High School students have been selected to attend this summer’s Governor’s Scholars Program. Callie Emerson, the daughter of Lesley and Erik Emerson of Almo, Landon Fike, the son of Vanessa and Bobby Fike of Kirksey, and Eric Winkler, son of Angela and Scott Winkler of Murray will represent their school in this prestigious scholarship program.The Governor’s Scholars Program is a 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. Students who are selected attend the Program without charge. In the spirit of partnership, the Office of the Governor, the Kentucky State Legislature, and private enterprise come together to provide the financial support for the Program.
The Program’s mission is to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The first class numbered 230 and was housed on one college campus. Since then, the Program has enjoyed excellent support and grown to over 1,000 students on three campuses.
Host campuses are determined competitively every three years. The 2013 session are to be hosted by Bellarmine University in Louisville, Morehead State University in Morehead, and Murray State University in Murray. The core curriculum for these summer sessions is threefold:
•Focus Area: a “major” subject of study, assigned according to scholar preference as indicated on the application.
• General Studies: an area of study assigned by staff to challenge the scholars. Courses frequently include service-learning components in the community.
• Seminar: a discussion-based small group session. Emphasis is placed on respectful debate and discussion. Scholars are encouraged to ask probing questions.
Information provided by David Dowdy
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