Summer Residential Governor's Schools

2024 Applications

Applications will be available in mid-October for summer of 2024 programs

The application submission deadline is in December. Each school has a school deadline that will be shared by the school gifted resource teacher. 

For 10th and 11th grade students interested in applying to 2023-24 programs

Virginia Summer Residential Governor's Schools are programs for current 10th and 11th grade students. The programs are sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education and draw students from across the Commonwealth. Each program lasts approximately one month and is held at a Virginia college/university. The programs are free for students (except for a nominal student activities fee that can be waived based on need). Visit the state SRGS website. The following programs are available:


Held at Radford University, the Humanities program gives the students the opportunity to further their understanding of topics such as anthropology, economics, history, literature, media, philosophy, political science, psychology, and sociology. The program accepts approximately 150 students per year.

Visit the HGS site for more information.


The Agriculture program at Virginia Tech is ideal for students interested in biological sciences. Majors include Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering, Agricultural Economics, Animal Science, Food Science, and Plant Science. The program accepts approximately 100 students per year.

Visit the AGS for more information.

Math, Science, and Technology

Lynchburg College hosts the MST program, provides students with the opportunity to explore topics in anatomy and physiology, astronomy, computer programming, geology, hydrology, hypermedia, physics, and upper-level mathematics. Approximately 160 students are accepted each year.

Visit the MST site for more information.

Medicine and Health Sciences

The Medicine and Health Science program has been discontinued in 2023-24 but may return in 2024-25.

Visual and Performing Arts

Students in the VPA program study alongside Humanities Students at Radford University. Students may audition for the program to study in the art areas of instrumental music, vocal music, visual art, dance, or theater. The program accepts 250 students per year.

Students will have their opportunity to expand their artistic skills and technical knowledge of their art form. Students applying for VPA must audition at a local PWCS audition in order to be considered for the state audition in January.

Visit the Radford VPA site.

Marine Sciences

The VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences) mentorship program is hosted by Christopher Newport University. Students investigate coastal law, fisheries, marine resources management, and wetlands ecology. The program accepts 6 students per year. Students should have prior experience studying marine sciences outside of school curriculum and should be able to demonstrate use of a research design such as the one required by the Virginia Junior Academy of Science (VJAS) or the International Science and Engineering (ISEF) competitions.

Visit the VIMS site for more information.


The engineering mentorship program will be hosted at the Jefferson Lab (JLAB) particle accelerator. Students will work directly with a JLAB mentor in studying some of the following topics: accelerator operation, computer science, electrical and mechanical engineering, materials science and physics. The program accepts 12 students per year from across Virginia. Application is competitive and selection is made by mentors versus by scoring in the application process.

Visit the Jefferson Lab mentorship site.

The number of students accepted to each program are statewide. More information about the programs and the application process can be accessed through the links of the left of this page.


Applications for the 2024 programs will be available and posted here in October.

Please choose the application for your school and program of interest. GS@IP students will apply through their base schools. If you are applying for an academic program or mentorship, you should complete the Early College Scholar's agreement (if you have not already done so) in order to earn maximum points in the "Course Challenge" score.

Please make sure to select the folder for your school and the application for the correct program. Because you may want to email the recommendations to your teachers, the recommendations can be downloaded as separate documents.

The arts applications will be sent to students who are nominated for the state auditions after the local auditions in November.

Applications must be typed. Signatures are required by the student on the first page and initials and signatures are required on the fourth page (third page for arts applications).

You will need to print the application and complete the required signatures with your parent.