American Leadership Academy



The Governor’s Honors Academy was founded in 1988 through a vision of Utah corporate and political leaders. The Academy is organized to provide Utah high school students with an opportunity to learn, lead and interact with some of the foremost leaders in business, technology, humanities, science, education, communication, and social science. Through interaction with leaders and mentors, students enhance their desire to learn and strive for excellence.

Those that are current high school juniors are welcome to apply.  The cost of the Academy is $1100 for all expenses of the 9-day Academy. Selected participants will receive a sponsorship packet, detailing how to raise money towards their $1100 fee (monthly payments may also be arranged). Those participants who attend the entire Academy will receive 6 college credits and a 4-year scholarship to Southern Utah University.

The Governor’s Honors Academy is a unique experience. Only the top 50 Junior students who apply can plan to attend this prestigious academy. As a participant, you will make incredible friendships while pursuing the quest of academic knowledge. During the nine days of The Academy, you will participate in dozens of speakers and workshops. You’ll explore the world through the arts, sciences, social sciences and come to understand a variety of perspectives. It is hard to describe the GHA experience – the best way to learn about GHA is to attend. So, submit your application today. You can view the blog from last year’s GHA experience by going to PAST GHA on our home page

You need a 3.75 GPA or higher to apply.

GHA evaluates the courses you have taken and the level of difficulty of those courses.

The application process is designed to review each student individually and identify the top qualified applicants based on a holistic approach. Applicants are reviewed for the academic rigor in their coursework, community, and school involvement, writing ability, and creativity.

The completed application with all required documents must be emailed by midnight on March 1st, 2021.

Governors Honors Academy will run June 18-26, 2021.

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