"Before Governor's School, I honestly had absolutely no interest in agriculture. After taking these courses, I am considering going into this field." - Veronica Nguyen, Class of 2013


Applications for Students

Students participating in the Virginia Summer Residential Governor's School for Agriculture must be rising juniors or seniors, and be identified as gifted and/or talented by the student's school division. Please contact your high school guidance counselor to learn more about the application process. Guides, forms, applications, and scoring rubrics may be found on the Virginia Department of Education website for Summer Residential Governor's Schools. Any questions regarding the application process should be addressed to Dr. Donna Poland.


  • Every school division has a specific deadline to be nominated for a summer residential governor’s school. Check with your guidance counselor to determine this deadline, typically the process begins in October.
  • February 26th, 2019 – all application materials must be mailed to the Virginia Department of Education to be considered.
  • Mid-April 2019 – Notification letters mailed to students’ homes indicating status of application.

Applications for Program Leaders and Staff

If you would like to serve as a Governor's School for Agriculture program leader or staff member, please download the application and email to Dr. Curt Friedel (cfriedel@vt.edu), or mail to: Governor's School for Agriculture, Virginia Tech, Mail Code 0343, 175 West Campus Dr., Blacksburg, VA  24061.

Applications will begin review on February 1st and continue until all positions are filled.