Apply for Governor's Honors Academy

Complete the following steps for your application to be complete. 

Participant Qualifications

  1. Must attend high school in the State of Utah.
  2. Must be a United States citizen.
  3. Must be a current high school junior.
  4. Must have a cumulative GPA [grades 9-11] of a 3.75 or higher

Participant Application Checklist

Number 1

Fill out the Registration Form

Number 2

Submit an official high school transcript. Must be emailed or mailed in by your high school.


Governor's Honors Academy
351 West University Blvd.
Cedar City, Utah 84720

*Please make sure that the transcript comes to our email or address with GHA. If it gets sent to our admissions office it will get lost and we will be unable to view it.

Number 3

In Essay format, answer the following questions

(11pt font, Double-spaced, no more than 3 pages)

Required Question:

  1. A meaningful experience…

Choose 2-3 of the following questions:

  1. What events in your life have defined who you are?
  2. Describe a time in your life where you experienced a significant challenge, or failure.
    • What did you learn about yourself through facing the situation?
  3. Describe how your academic achievements, personal strengths and unique perspective(s) will contribute to the Governor’s Honors Academy.
  4. How do you respond to people who have different ideas, values, and perspectives than you? Please provide an example.
    • Treat theses essays as an interview on paper. The selection committee will get to know you through your answers.

      Please note that this essay will also be assessed according to your use of grammar.

number 4

Submit A Resume Highlighting Activities And Accomplishments

(See example GHA resume)

Additional Information

Once the application is received participants will be notified via participant email if they are missing any application requirements. They will also be notified once their application is completed.

Application materials for Steps 2, 3, and 4 can be mailed to: Governor's Honors Academy, 351 West University Blvd., Cedar City, Utah 84720 or emailed to:

Questions can be directed to the GHA office at 435-586-7770 or