Governor's Scholars Award

The Governor's Scholars Award provided $1,000 scholarships to students who demonstrated high academic achievement on certain exams in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grades as reported by the testing services that administered the exams each spring. Students received only one award each year in the 9th, 10th or 11th grades. Students who earned qualifying exam scores may have received up to three different Award Notification Letters for the Governor's Scholars Award (one each for exams taken in 9th, 10th and 11th grade).

To be eligible for a Governor's Scholars Award, students must have:

  • Been enrolled in a California public school for at least twelve continuous months immediately prior to taking the authorized exam. For example, if an exam was taken on May 1, 2001, the student must have been enrolled continuously from May 1, 2000. For the purposes of this requirement, students were considered enrolled in school during official school vacations, including summer vacation, or
  • Earned all qualifying scores on the authorized exam(s) before December 31, 2002.

Governor's Scholars Award ($1,000)

A Governor's Scholars Award may have been earned in 9th, 10th and/or 11th grades. A student must have taken all the authorized exams and earned scores in: the top five percent of public school students in their grade level, or the top ten percent of students in their grade level at their public, junior high or comprehensive high school.

Each year, the State of California provided schools with Award Notification Letters for distribution to students who scored in the top five percent of the State's public high school students in their grade level or top ten percent of students in their grade level at their public, junior high or comprehensive high school. The Award Notification Letter included a Qualifying Score Notice with detailed information necessary for the student to claim the award.

Awards must have been claimed by the five-year anniversary of the June 30th following the date of the qualifying exam. (see Loss of Scholarship Funds). No awards were granted to students for exams taken after December 31, 2002.

The deadline to claim a Governorís Scholars Award has passed and awards can no longer be claimed.