Kentucky: Council on Postsecondary Education

Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program

The Governor’s Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) was created in 1986 to address the underrepresentation of African Americans in postsecondary education. The non-competitive grants are awarded by CPE to the eight universities, as well as the KCTCS institutions, to implement programs that provide academic enrichment activities, present the value and benefits of postsecondary education, and helps to prepare students to be successful in college-level courses and to persist to graduation. The Council provides oversight of the program; institutional programs are reviewed annually and reported to the Council’s Committee on Equal Opportunities.


Eastern Kentucky University
It Takes a Village to Raise a Child
Principal Investigator- Ms. Sandra Moore
Phone: (859) 622-6587

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child was created to address the need for intervention and to assist with the matriculation of African American students from the middle school system to the high school system and into postsecondary education. The program has been expanded to address the needs of students from a diverse background while maintaining the commitment for African American representation. This comprehensive program exposes students to academic enrichment activities, develops their social skills, introduces them to cultural activities and encourages parental involvement. The program is open primarily to students in grades 6 - 8 in the Madison County school system and is scheduled throughout the year to address the needs of the program participants and to provide flexibility for the participation of the students and their families.

Kentucky Community and Technical College System
Program Excel Summer Enrichment Experience
Principal Investigator- Mr. Nashid Fakhrid-Deen, JD
Phone: (859) 256-3260

  • Al Baker, Ashland CTC
  • Tina Terry, Big Sandy CTC
  • Donna Murphy, Bluegrass CTC
  • Felicia Toliver, Elizabethtown CTC
  • Elbert Hagans, Hazard CTC
  • Dr. Vernell Larkin, Hopkinsville CTC
  • Lea-Dorsey-Mucker, Jefferson CTC
  • James Bowles, Madisonville CC
  • Millicent Harding, Maysville CTC
  • Lewatis McNeal, Owensboro CTC
  • George Martinez, Somerset CC
  • Randy San, Southcentral KY CTC
  • Ramon Cuellar, Southeast CT
  • Dr. Belinda A. Dalton-Russell, West Kentucky CTC

The Program Excel Summer Enrichment Experience was designed to increase awareness of the benefits and value of postsecondary education. The program also aims to prepare underrepresented students to be successful in high school and college level work and to persist to high school and college graduation. The non-residential summer program offers academic enrichment activities (math, reading, computer science, and multicultural education) and includes a parent workshop to foster participation in the students' academic decisions. KCTCS recognizes the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). As such, all KCTCS programs have added a STEM component to their curriculum.

Henderson Community College
Summer Enrichment Program
Coordinator- Bill Dixon
Phone: (270) 831-9650

The Summer Enrichment Program is a one week, non-residential program for middle and junior high school students from Henderson and Union counties. Students are offered enrichments in math, reading, science and personal/social developments. The program aims to prepare minority students to be successful in high school and college level work and to persist to high school and college graduation. Students will hear and hopefully understand the importance of high school graduation and post secondary education. Culturally based experiences are a part of the curriculum designed to enhance self-esteem. Program coordinators track academic progress and attendance of student participants during the following academic school year.

Hopkinsville Community College
Let’s C.H.I.L.L.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Vernell Larkin
Phone: 270.974.9458

Let’s C.H.I.L.L. (acronym for Children of Higher Intelligence are Listening and Learning) is a part of the Governor’s Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP). The program serves minority student residing in Christian and Trigg counties. The program is designed to instill interest in higher education. The long-term goal of the program is to increase the likelihood that the GMSCPP participants will pursue some form of post-secondary education (a two-year or four-year college or vocational school). The more short-term goals include: improving student attitude toward school as well as identifying non-traditional careers, improving behavior in situations with authority figures in school; increasing motivation concerning academic activities; and promoting a sense of heritage. Academic enrichment experiences in math, science, technology and reading are provided. A non-residential summer program of three weeks is provided as well as monthly activities throughout the school year.

Kentucky State University
To Care Program
Coordinators- Dr. Beverly Downing & Ms. Susan Boyer
Phone: (502) 597-5919

The Protégé Tutoring and Mentoring Program provides students in the Frankfort and Franklin County service area with tutoring and mentoring supports. The program is designed to:

  • Provide academic enrichment activities for middle and junior high school minority students and encourage them to stay in school and enter college:
  • Make African American and minority students aware of the benefits and values of college and consider college as an achievable option; and
  • Prepare these students to be successful in college-level work and persist to college graduation.

The program offers skill enrichment activities with special emphasis in science, math, computer technology, literacy and history. Workshops for parents are also provided.

Morehead State University
GMSCPP Summer Institute
Principal Investigator- Dr. Clarenda Phillips
Phone: (606) 783-2434
Coordinator- Mrs. Michele Thompson
Phone: (606) 783-5195

The Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program (GMSCPP) consists of a one-week residential experience for forty middle school students. Students participate in English, math, science, computer technology, career planning, and Black history classes, as well as social activities. Students are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation to the Morehead campus, meals, classes and social activities are provided at no expense to the students.

Murray State University
Minority Institute - Minority Student College Preparation Program
Principal Investigator: Mr. Michael Young
Phone: (270) 809-6833.

The Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program at Murray State University is a program designed to enhance higher education opportunities for minority students in the Paducah, and Calloway County areas. The curriculum offers on campus programming designed to generate interest in career education, give students a true glimpse of college life while promoting an early understanding of postsecondary level of education.

Northern Kentucky University
Project ASPIRE Principal Investigator – Ms. Jennifer Mimms
Coordinator – Ms. Irelynne Estevez
Phone: (859) 572-5752

Project ASPIRE is a program that brings 6-8th grade Multicultural students from the Northern Kentucky region on to NKU’s campus once a month for educational, cultural, and fun activities. The purpose of the program is to enhance the educational opportunities of our students and expose them to higher education at an early age in hopes that they will in turn persist on to attend and acquire a college degree. A one week summer day camp concludes the year long program, and educates students in the areas of Math, Science, Theatre, Life Skills, Arts, Foreign Language, and Computer Skills. The program is funded by a state grant and is offered at no cost to students and their parents.

University of Kentucky
Minority College Awareness Program/YMCA Black Achievers and Realizing Academic Potential (Project RAP)
Coordinator- Ms. Mildred M. Bailey
Phone: (859) 257-4098

The Minority College Awareness Program/YMCA Black Achievers program provides activities of early intervention to enhance the postsecondary aspirations and success rate of upper elementary, middle and high school students. The programs emphasize integrated mathematics, science, language arts, and computer technology and include visits to UK campus, cultural activities, field trips and parental involvement seminars. Activities of the Realizing Academic Potential (Project RAP) program focus on students at Winburn Middle School and includes activities related to academics, career awareness presentations by professionals, college campus visits, and field trips.

University of Louisville
Governor's Minority Student College Preparation Program
Principal Investigator- Dr. Ralph Fitzpatrick
Program Director- Ms. Mary D. Thorpe
Phone: (502) 852-6719

The Youth Toward Excellence Program coordinates the early intervention efforts of public schools, higher education institutions and community groups through workshops for students, parent groups, tutorial centers and recognition programs. Middle school students from Jefferson County are offered assistance in basic academic skills, including reading, tutoring, counseling, study skills, mentoring, and parental counseling. Sessions are held during the school year culminating in an intense one week summer residential program on the University of Louisville campus.

Western Kentucky University
Project: A.I.M.S.
Principal Investigator – Mr. Ricardo Nazario-Colón
Coordinator- Ms. Jackie Pillow
Phone: (270) 745-5066

Activating Interest in Minority Students (aka Project: A.I.M.S.) is designed to enhance junior high and middle school students' awareness and preparation for college. It also promotes academic achievement and helps them develop career and cultural awareness. Students from Warren, Logan, Barren and Simpson counties are eligible to participate. The goals of Project: A.I.M.S. are accomplished through Saturday enrichment and academic programs held during the school year with a summer educational and cultural enhancement component.


Sherron Jackson
Council on Postsecondary Education
Phone: (502) 573-1555 ext. 224

Rana Johnson
Council on Postsecondary Education
Phone: (502) 573-1555 ext. 243


Last Updated 6/16/2014