Are you a Vermont high school student looking for an adventure in learning? Then our residential summer programs are the perfect fit for you!
“ You might surprise yourself and learn more than you could dream. Throughout the process of applying, being accepted, while I was there, and after, I was consistently excited and my expectations were certainly met.”
Not sure if you should come to a Governor’s Institute? Here’s a simple test to help you make a decision:
If you answered yes to any of these, take the plunge and apply. You won’t regret it!
We also accept students from schools in NH and NY that have reciprocal education arrangements with Vermont school districts. Examples of such schools include Groveton High School, Kimball Union, Hanover High School, and Salem NY High School.
A Message from GIV Founder Ellen Lovell, Recorded in 2023
These resources will help you better understand what is required to successfully enroll in a Governor’s Institute. They will help guide you through the application process, provide information about financial aid, give you access to key school personnel, and help you with any remaining post-acceptance tasks.
Applications for our Summer season open in January each year. Check our Apply page for more information!
Each Institute takes place at a different time during the summer, and on different campuses. Visit each Institute’s page on our site for more info about each Institute!
Tuition uses a sliding scale model, which means you only pay what your family can afford. Check out the Summer Tuition page for more details!
Students currently in 9th - 11th grade who go to school in Vermont, or at a school that has an arrangement with VT school districts. We’re also willing to consider out-of-state students on a case-by-case basis.
In most cases, no! We don't look at grades/transcripts when considering applicants. The only exception is our Mathematical Sciences Institute, where we need to know which classes you have taken and your grades in just those classes.
Applying is easy - just hit one of the many “apply” buttons on our website, create a SurveyMonkey account, and fill out the application. It will ask you to enter your contact info and some additional details about your interests, then prompt you to request recommendations from two adults. Don’t forget to hit submit! If you need support, check out our Online Application guide video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSfp18-5ibs or email us at [email protected] .
Yes - Summer 2024 applications are open from January 5th, 2024 until March 31st, 2024.
Late applications cannot be accepted, so don't miss out!
Summer Tuition is only charged once a student has applied and been accepted into an Institute. Following application submissions, we will reach out to accepted students and their families to collect information and make a final determination on Summer Tuition based on your family's income and situation. We are always willing to work with families to make sure they can take part in GIV and get the support they need!
We’ll begin reaching out to students to let them know their application status in mid-to-late April, around two weeks after our application deadline.
GIV will be requiring students to be up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccines, as defined by the CDC. If a student cannot be vaccinated or boosted, they may request an exemption form by reaching out to [email protected] after being accepted to a GIV program.
GIV will also be doing rapid testing for all students upon arriving at their Institute, and requesting that any symptomatic students test at home.
Additional precautions may be required based on the program.
Policies are subject to change in accordance with CDC and/or host college guidance.
If you aren’t able to drive or be driven to your Institute, reach out to us directly at [email protected]. We’ll coordinate travel arrangements to get you there!
Possibly! If the dates align, we can explore this option. However, many of our Institutes overlap; if your Institute dates overlap, we ask students to choose one or the other.
We want to make sure that all of our Institutes have space for new incoming students, so we generally ask that students returning to GIV multiple years try a new Institute! Part of the GIV experience is trying new things, so we highly encourage returning students to explore a new Institute to expand into new areas of knowledge.
While at GIV, you’ll live in a dorm on your Institute’s host college campus. Most students will have a roommate or roommates. Living on campus is a big part of the GIV experience and is how some of the closest friendships are made!
The dates for each program are listed on the Institute pages here on our website. Otherwise, the Program Director for your Institute will reach out to you via email to share your Institute schedule in advance of the program. If you have questions before then, feel free to email us at [email protected] and we’ll do our best to answer them!
Yes! Please reach out to your high school guidance counselor to make a plan to get credit for your participation through the Flexible Pathways Program. See our Academic Guide on this page for more information and specific credit area opportunities!
Yes! Two of our Institutes - Entrepreneurship and Environmental Science & Technology - can be taken for college credit. Visit the Institute Pages for more information!
You can get even more out of your experience at GIV by getting high school credit, PLP entries, proficiency-based graduation requirements, or even college credit.
Explore our Academic Guide for a detailed overview of the many opportunities for you at each GIV Institute, including those that offer college credit!
Please reach out to us at [email protected] if we can help by mailing printed versions of any of our publications.
For many students, getting this credit is free thanks to the state of Vermont’s Dual Enrollment voucher program.
For more information, view our Academic Guide to learn more about how each Institute offers these credits!
This year, the McClure Foundation worked in partnership with the VT Department of Labor to identify over 50 promising jobs projected for young Vermonters entering the workforce. Each pays above the state median wage of $22.55/hour and is expected to have at least 500 openings over the next ten years.
Check out the McClure foundation website to read about these exciting opportunities and how you can pursue them, with links and resources for students and jobseekers alike.
We have partners at almost every Vermont-area school to represent us and work with you in your own community! If you want to talk to someone in your school district about GIV, find your school representative below and send them an email.
Otherwise, don’t forget that we are always here to help and you can contact us directly at [email protected].
Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions about this list or your school contact!