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Applicants sought for 2018 Governor's Institutes

Health and medicine added to summer learning programs for Vermont high schoolers

The Governor’s Institutes of Vermont is an independent nonprofit working in partnership with the Vermont Agency of Education, Vermont Department of Labor, VSAC, private donors, and all Vermont high schools. Get more information or donate to the GIV Scholarship Fund at 802-865-4448 or info@giv.org.

Originally published in The Commons issue #445 (Wednesday, February 7, 2018). This story appeared on page B1.


Enthusiastic Vermont learners in grades 9 through 12 are eligible to apply to one of the 11 fun and intensive summer programs through the Governor’s Institutes of Vermont. Applications are now open at www.giv.org/applynow.

The Governor’s Institutes offer enthusiastic young Vermonters the opportunity to dive into a topic they love, meet other students from around the state, and experience life on a college campus.

Institute topics for 2018 include visual and performing arts, engineering, environmental science and technology, architecture/design build, creative writing, mathematics, entrepreneurship, current issues and youth activism, astronomy, and information technology and digital media.

These immersive programs take learning beyond the classroom and into the outside world, giving students the time and resources to take their interests to the next level at campuses across the state.

Changes afoot in Summer 2018 include launching a new health and medicine Institute in partnership with Vermont Area Health Education Centers, plus a new engineering institute at Norwich University where students will explore green engineering and principles related to environment, transportation, and energy.

Additionally, the entrepreneurship institute now offers college credit through dual enrollment. The Arts Institute, in its 35th year, provides world-class opportunities for young Vermont artists, giving access to professional mentors, a network of artistic peers from around Vermont, and great facilities in which to be creative and learn new skills.

With a combination of state and donor funding, GIV offers a sliding-scale tuition based on family income and need. In 2017, 81 percent of attendees received some level of financial aid. GIV hosted approximately 650 students in 2017.

“Vermont’s most talented young people need opportunities to pursue their learning goals more deeply and connect with careers that interest them, and GIV is glad to be expanding those unique opportunities for the seventh year in a row. We are dedicated to offering nationally recognized immersion programs at a price every Vermonter can afford.” Karen Taylor-Mitchell, GIV’s executive director, said in a news release.

Applications for summer Institutes will be accepted at www.giv.org/applynow through March. Deadlines for student applications are set by individual high schools, so students are encouraged to contact their school counselors for more information.

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