Honoring 40 Years

This year we celebrate 40 years of life-changing educational experiences. Since 1983, our Institutes have brought 12,000+ students together to forge new friendships, discover pathways to success, and find community.


" Celebrating 40 years of educational life experiences for young Vermonters!"

Get to Know GIV

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont creates fun, accelerated learning residencies on college campuses for Vermont teenagers like YOU!

Each Institute is an adventure that focuses on a topic and offers an in-depth experience built around learning, interacting, and sharing. You live on a college campus and have access to all the resources the college provides, including state-of-the-art labs and studios. Each Institute offers a unique, collaborative and hands-on experience bursting with creative learning and boundless fun!

You will make new friends who share in your passions, and together you will build a community focused on your content area. Guided by leading professionals in the field, the experience of GIV provides you a chance to try something new, make lasting memories, and have more fun than you could ever imagine.

This incredible opportunity is available for any high school Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior in Vermont who is looking for an exciting, affordable, and inspiring learning experience. Hit us up to learn more today!

Check out this video to experience the vibe from our 2023 Summer Institutes!

The Institutes

For Families Considering GIV

Being nominated to attend the Governor’s Institutes is a great honor for your young person. As Vermont’s own accelerated enrichment program, GIV is designed to give Vermont’s brightest young stars a truly world-class experience with in-depth resources and top-notch professional mentoring.

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Make a Donation

Give Vermont’s young people empowering learning opportunities on college campuses by donating to the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont today. Your tax-deductible gift will go towards helping young learners from less privileged families join GIV regardless of their ability to pay tuition.

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Why Attend GIV?

GIV provides a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for students from all experiences and identities.

If you are a high school student in Vermont, the real question becomes: with so much to gain, why wouldn’t you attend GIV?


Some Reasons Why Choosing GIV Could Be the Best Decision You Will Ever Make

Find your calling in life.
Make lifelong friends.
Network with peers and professionals in your career industry.
Discover a path to college and career success.
Have fun while learning!

But that’s not all. GIV alumni can qualify for scholarships at certain colleges and post-secondary training programs!

Check out this list of colleges at which GIV alumni have matriculated in recent years:

Here’s What Some of Our Alumni Have to Say About GIV

“ GIV was the best educational experience I’ve ever had.”

“ This was one of the best things I have ever done with my summer.”

“ It was amazing how many brilliant like-minded people surrounded me. There was never a dull moment and I was never in a room that didn’t contain at least a half a dozen friends.”

“ At GIV, I made meaningful connections with other people from around the state and around the globe, gained a wealth of valuable information, developed self-confidence, and gained a greater sense of who I am.”

“ I really valued the people there (I made some great friends) and how engaged they were, the opportunity to learn about and use cool and new equipment and an introduction to what a career in environmental science could look like.”

“ The experience I had at GIV was not like others. I was able to become vulnerable and share things I have never shared with anyone. I was able to relate to other experiences people had that I thought I was alone in experiencing.”

“ My attendance resulted in the most enjoyable, informative, and enlightening two weeks of my life.”

Learn More about GIV by exploring our Mission & History