The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a residential summer program for gifted and talented high school students who will be rising juniors and seniors during the program.  The program offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and that is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders.

GHP is held in mid-summer (mid-June to mid-July) as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus.  Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening.  Meals and rooms are provided by the program with the only required and expected costs to the students being travel expenses to and from the interviews, a few basic supplies for classes and dorm rooms, and spending money as desired during the program.

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GHP Alumni Database

GOSA is working to build an extensive alumni database to better inform alumni and develop opportunities for alumni engagement. If you are a GHP alumna or alumnus, please click here to update your contact information.

How CAN YOU SUPPORT GHP THROUGH THE Innovation Fund Foundation?

Here are some examples of how your support may impact GHP by donating to the Innovation Fund Foundation:

Student Impact

  • Provide travel assistance to GHP semifinalists and finalists who face financial hardship to attend interview days and/or the program;
  • Provide student supplies and financial hardship assistance for program participants (bed linens, towels, school supplies, major/elective hall shirts, activities, etc.);
  • Provide each student with an individual GHP shirt each year;
  • Provide stipends and travel reimbursement for guest lecturers, artists, and instructors during the summer program;
  • Provide support for off-site learning opportunities during the summer program; and
  • Provide support for the interview process (interviewer stipends, location fee, etc.).

District Impact 

  • Provide additional outreach workshops/programs for underrepresented districts.

GHP 50th Anniversary

To mark the 50th anniversary of GHP, Governor Nathan Deal and the First Lady Sandra Deal hosted a gala on October 19, 2013 at the Governor's Mansion. The event celebrated the program's history with alumni and provided a strong foundation for the future of the program. This video includes interviews from GHP alumni talking about the transformative impact the program had on their lives.