A. Linwood Holton Governor's School
Virginia's First Virtual Governor's School
One Partnership Circle - PO Box 1987 Abingdon, VA 24212
Telephone: 276-619-4326      Fax: 276-619-4309     e-mail: holton@hgs.k12.va.us



WELCOME to the home of the HGS Bulletin Board. The HGS Bulletin Board is the place where you can find student scholarship opportunities, unique educational opportunities, student competition announcements, and much more.

SWVA Dental Explorer Day

Interested in a dental career? Learn more about becoming a dental assistant, hygienist, or dentist at Dental Explorer Day, which will be held at Mountain Empire Community College on Friday, March 22, 2024. For more information, check out the opportunity flyer (PDF) here.

Dental Science Summer Camp

Are you interested in dental health sciences? The Dental Health Summer Institute is a free course provided by the Old Dominion University Gene W. Hirschfeld School of Dental Hygiene and the Delta Dental of Virginia Foundation for high school students interested in learning more about dental health professions. (PDF of program flyer available here.) To apply for the summer camp go here. Application deadline is March 4, 2024.

2024 BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship

The deadlines for the Better Business Bureau Serving Western VA's 21st Annual BBB Student of Integrity Scholarship Program are quickly approaching. The application deadline for the essay-based BBB Student of Integrity Essay Scholarship, which offers a $1000 award for college costs, is January 31st, 2024. Applications will open December 2023. Details here.

VT Quantum Information Science

The Virginia Tech Center for Quantum Information Science and Engineering is offering a FREE virtual summer school on Quantum Information Science for high school teachers and students, July 31 (Mon) to August 3 (Thu) 2023. Additional information, registration, agenda, etc. can be found at the program's web site HERE.

Summer Enrichment Experience

The Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) program is designed to promote science and medicine to area high school students. Rising high school sophomores through rising high school seniors (10th Ė 12th grade) who have a strong interest in healthcare fields are encouraged to participate in the SEE program. A flyer is available HERE (PDF). Additional information, applications, etc. can be found at the program's web site HERE.

Summer Residential Governor's School

Summer Residential Governorís Schools provide high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; or through mentorships in marine science, or engineering. Interested? Additional information, applications, etc. can be found at the program's web site HERE.

SVAM 2023 Scholarship

The Southwest Virginia Alliance for Manufacturing (SVAM), Inc. is offering scholarship funding to eligible graduating high school students who wish to pursue post-secondary education for a career in a manufacturing-related field. Students will be eligible for up to $2,000 in scholarship funds. Additional information, applications, etc. can be found at the program's web site HERE. Applications are due no later than March 29, 2023.

Summer Study Programs

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has opened applications for two summer study opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge. Both programs, planned for summer 2023, are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Appalachian Regionís high school students. Additional information, applications, etc. can be found at the program's web site HERE. Applications are due no later than February 10, 2023.

2023 Governor's Residential Program

Applications for the Governor's Summer Residential Program are now being accepted. The Residential Governor's School opportunity offers students opportunities for intensive study in academics, mentorships, and visual and performing arts. The World Language Academies offers full-immersion academies for French, German, and Spanish; a partial-immersion academy for Japanese; and a Latin Academy. Residential Program details are available here and World Language Academy details are available here.

Prepare for College In Virginia

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia provides resources for parents and students to help them with preparing for higher education: Student Resources. One of these resources is the 1-2-3 GO! Program, Virginia's Three Steps to College, which helps with preparation, the application process, and paying for higher education in Virginia: Three Steps to College Events.

MIT Beaver Works Institute

MIT Beaver Works Institute is a four-week program at MIT that challenges high school students to tackle high-tech projects. Watch for future offerings and course announcements here.


HGS Virtual School Browser Requirements

The software used by the Governor's School makes use of the latest web standards supported by the major browsers: Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. Thus, the HGS Virtual School (Canvas) and the HGS Virtual Classroom (Jigsaw) no longer support the Internet Explorer web browser. Students should not use the Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge browser to access the HSG web site, HGS Virtual School, and/or HGS Virtual Classroom.

Soon students may not be able to access the HGS Virtual School/Classroom unless they are using the latest version of Chrome and/or Firefox. As new versions of Firefox and Chrome are released, students are obligated to keep their browsers up-to-date to have access to the school's sites.

You do not know what browser version you are using? Instructions on how to check and update Firefox are available here. Instructions on how to check and update Chrome are available here.

The above noted browser requirements are currently enforced.

Governor's School Introduces A New Video Series

Considering a Governor's School class but would like to know more before you take the leap? To provide more information about classes for prospective Governor's School students, the first series of information videos are now available. The videos are interviews with class instructors as well as current and former students. By viewing the videos, prospective students will learn about the class format, course content, and students' experiences. Series videos will continue to be posted throughout the year. Follow the links below to the web pages on which the currently available videos are posted.

Advanced Multimedia Applications
Engineering Methods & Computer Programming
All History Department Courses:
Appalachian History, Western Civilization, and World Civilization

So grab a Governor's School admission application, a box of popcorn, and prepare to learn about a great opportunity.


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