Commonwealth Honors Academy


The Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) is an exciting, challenging three-week academic, social and personal growth program for outstanding high school students who have completed their junior year. Students will be selected from the Commonwealth and surrounding region. Upon completion of the Academy, students will:

  • receive six hours of university credit
  • have the opportunity to take three hours of tuition-free university courses at Murray State University during the subsequent fall and spring semesters
  • be awarded a four-year, $2,000-per-year housing scholarship to attend Murray State University

Selection Process 
All students applying for the Commonwealth Honors Academy should have a 3.5 GPA (on a 4-point scale) and 25 Composite ACT (or the equivalent PSAT, SAT or PLAN score). High school juniors throughout Kentucky as well as the Murray State University out-of-state service region are invited to apply.

What are the differences between the Commonwealth Honors Academy (CHA) and the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP)?

The two programs share many characteristics; indeed, CHA was founded by former GSP administrators and faculty. 

  • Both programs are for outstanding high school juniors.
  • Both programs seek to develop a living-learning community.
  • Both programs are cost-free except for personal expenses.

However, there are several distinct differences:

Commonwealth Honors Academy

Governor’s Scholars Program

Three-week program on the Murray State campus

Five-week program on several campuses in Kentucky

Available to students from Kentucky and out of state

Only open to Kentucky residents

No more than 150 students

350-360 students per campus

Graduates awarded a four-year, $2,000-per-year housing scholarship to Murray State, if they choose to attend

Graduates offered scholarships of varying amounts at many major universities in Kentucky

Graduates complete and receive credit for six hours of college-level courses
(and are eligible to take six additional cost-free hours during their senior year)

No grades or course credit


For additional information about the application and selection process, please visit the Commonwealth Honors Academy website.

Non-discrimination Notice

The Eminence Independent School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator, Brandi Boothby, or the Section 504/ADA Title II Coordinator, Buddy Berry, at 291 West Broadway, Eminence, KY 40019; (502) 845-5427.