GIV Wins New England Regional Excellence Award

We are pleased to announce that The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont has won the New England Excellence Award. This award is presented by the New England Board of Higher Education and will be presented on September 26 in Woodstock.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) has been honored by the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) with its 2019 New England Excellence Award.

Headquartered in Winooski and serving a statewide population, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont has changed the lives of more than 10,000 young people in Vermont since 1982 with powerful, intensive academic and artistic group residencies on college campuses that reach more than 500 Vermont 9th-11th graders each year. Students dive deep into a topic they care about, such as arts, math, science or entrepreneurship, and gain advanced mentorship in that field from experts and professionals. Students are surrounded by peers that share their excitement about achievement and discover pathways to potential careers of interest.

Access to GIV is guaranteed for any Vermonter through sliding scale tuition. Students come from a wide array of backgrounds and represent every Vermont high school, and can sign up at

NEBHE recognized GIV not only for the statewide reach and popularity of its programming but for its demonstrated outcomes. More than six and all the way up to thirty years after participating, 98% of GIV alumni point to specific lasting positive outcomes from their participation, and 88% name GIV one of the most important things they did during their high school years.

Also recognized at the event was Martha H. O’Connor, a teacher who chaired both the state Board of Education and the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. She died in early September at age 82 after a brief illness.

“Our 2019 winners symbolize Vermont’s resolute dedication to innovation and learning,” said NEBHE President and CEO Michael K. Thomas.

Since 2003, NEBHE has formally recognized people and groups with New England Higher Education Excellence awards for their exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and advancement of educational opportunity. 

Previous recipients from Vermont have included: U.S. senators Bernie Sanders, Patrick J. Leahy and James M. Jeffords, as well as the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington, Vt. and the J. Warren and Lois McClure Foundation.

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is a 501(c)3 nonprofit empowering young people since 1982 with intensive, hands-on learning experiences in college settings which inspire their academic and creative passions, build confidence and leadership, and expand their sense of possibility.

Learn more about the award and other winners here!

Kaomi Taylor Mitchell

Kaomi Taylor Mitchell

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