Governor’s Institutes Aims to Double Student Numbers

Governor’s Institutes Aims to Double Student Numbers

Governor’s Institutes Aims to Double Student Numbers

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont (GIV) is launching two new programs this summer. Bennington College will host the first, giving aspiring authors ages 14 to 19 a full week of immersion into a writer’s lifestyle, says GIV executive director Karen Taylor Mitchell. “Bennington custom-built this program to parallel their famous Masters in Fine Arts program for the Governor’s Institutes, and we’re just thrilled that Vermont’s young writers will have this affordable, world-class opportunity right on their doorstep,” says Taylor Mitchell.

Also new this year will be the first Governor’s Institute on Astronomy, to be held in partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Astronomy Foundation. Students will spend a week plumbing the mysteries of universe, using cutting edge equipment at the Northern Skies Observatory and advancing their mathematics and scientific skills.

At 33 years old, the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is best known for its longest running Institutes focusing on arts, current issues and STEM topics. Noteworthy alumni include Grace Potter, who recently told a local audience, “The Governor’s Institute on the Arts changed my life.” The organization’s commitment to offering accelerated learning opportunities to talented Vermont teens, especially those from rural and economically disadvantaged backgrounds, includes on-site accommodations and a sliding scale tuition that goes as low as $10. Governor’s Institutes encompasses arts (visual and performing), asian cultures, current issues and youth activism, entrepreneurship, environmental science and technology, information technology and digital media, mathematical sciences, and engineering.  Host colleges include UVM, Champlain College, Castleton State University, Vermont Technical College, and the School for International Training. Students apply to be nominated for participation by their schools. The application period for all ten summer Institutes begins February 1. More information is available at or by calling 802-865-4GIV.


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