Merrol Hyde Magnet





Tennessee Governor's Schools for Summer 2019


Tennessee Governor's Schools for Summer 2019

  1. Must have student’s application in a folder with name on it with $ for transcript request per school.
  2. Completed student packet, with application checklist with teachers’ names per school and per subject
  3. Typed Resume and Brag Sheet
  4. Student is responsible for handing out teacher rec forms and then teacher returns them to Mrs. Dorris. If you are using the same teacher for multiple schools, they only need to complete one form and I will copy it.
  5. Meet Mrs. Dorris’ deadlines and have all paperwork included.

2019 Governor's Schools

Location and Date

Due Date to Gov School

Mrs. Dorris Due Date to complete paperwork including Teacher Recommendations

Agricultural Sciences (Application)

University of Tennessee Martin
June 1 – June 28, 2019



Arts (Application)

*Cost $$$

Middle Tennessee State University 
June 1 – June 23, 2019




Business, Innovation & Technology (Application)

Tennessee Technological University
June 2 – June 29, 2019



Computational Physics (Application)

Austin Peay State University
June 2 – June 21, 2019



Emerging Technologies (Application)

Tennessee Technological University
June 3 – July 1, 2019



Humanities (Application)

University of Tennessee Martin
June 2 – June 28, 2019



Integration of Biological & Statistical Sciences (Application)

East Tennessee State University
May 26 – June 28, 2019



International Studies (Application)

University of Memphis
June 1 – June 29, 2019



Prospective Teachers (Application)

University of Tennessee Chattanooga
May 30 – June 24, 2019



Sciences & Engineering (Application)

University of Tennessee Knoxville:
June 2 – June 29, 2019



Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage (Application)

East Tennessee State University
June 2 – June 28, 2019



 Deadlines are firm! There is $2.00 fee per application with each transcript request form.

  1. All Students must ask subject-specific teachers for letters of recommendation, complete a brag sheet and resume for Mrs. Dorris, and complete a full application for each school. Please complete as much on application as you can for school, address, etc. Look for all signatures from parents and students.

School of ARTS Application DUE To Mrs. Dorris: Oct. 25, 2018 (firm deadline)

All Other Applications, Letters of Rec, Essays, etc. DUE To Mrs. Dorris: Friday, November 2nd, 2018 (firm deadline)

Taken from website:

Applications must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1, 2018 (unless otherwise noted on page 2 of the specific Governor’s School application packet). School counselors should send all application materials directly to the school(s) to which the students are applying.

Note: School counselors may set an earlier deadline for materials to be returned to them so they have time to complete and mail the application by the postmark deadline.


Dates: MTSU: June 1-23

Who is eligible? The brightest and most talented 10th and 11th graders currently enrolled in Tennessee’s public, private and home-schools are eligible. In other words, students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2018-2019 academic year. To be eligible, students should rank in the top of their high school class in performance/capability or highly talented in the arts.

Financial Information and Program Cost: Accepted students may be awarded either: 1.  Full program fee scholarship 2.  Partial program fee scholarship OR permitted to attend with no scholarship

Program Fee: $2,850.00 Activity Fee: $350.00

Financial aid is available on a need-basis. (Information will be included in your acceptance packet.)

  1. 3. Go to www.gsfta.com, you must submit a different application for each area.

AUDITIONS WILL BE HELD ON: TBA at MTSU for: Music, Dance, Filmmaking, Theatre, and Visual Art

YOU MAY CHOOSE ONE DATEAuditions for Dance, Filmmaking, Theatre, and visual art will be held on: Jan. 19 and Jan. 20, 2019 You may choose one date. In Case of Inclement Weather: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 Music Audition Upload Deadline is Jan. 19, 2019

Application for the TENNESSEE GOVERNOR’S SCHOOLS for the Agricultural Sciences, Computational

Physics, Emerging Technologies, Engineering, Humanities, Information Technology Leadership, International Studies, Prospective Teachers, Sciences, Scientific Exploration of Tennessee Heritage, Scientific Models and Data Analysis

  1. 1. Who is eligible to attend the Tennessee Governor’s Schools?

 The Tennessee Governor’s Schools are summer programs for rising 11th and 12th grade students currently enrolled in Tennessee’s public and private high schools (students who will be juniors and seniors in the 2018/2019 academic year). The programs are academically demanding and require students who are high achievers. Eligible students typically rank in the top of their high school class in academic performance/capability or should be highly talented in the arts. Each Governor’s School application outlines specific student eligibility criteria.

 Each student applying must be nominated by a faculty member at his/her high school, which may include teachers, school counselors, principals, or other administrators who identify the student as talented, highly motivated, and mature. Letters of recommendation and verification of a student’s academic record are required. If you do not recommend a student, then please do not nominate a student by submitting an application.

  1. 2. What does it cost to attend the Tennessee Governor’s Schools?

 The Governor’s Schools are funded by appropriations from the General Assembly of the State of Tennessee. All students attending Governor’s Schools will receive a scholarship which covers the cost of tuition, dorms, and meals; however, some Governor’s Schools have additional student activity fees to defray costs of activities or other non-academic expenses, which are not covered by the scholarship. Need-based financial support may be available in those instances.

 If transportation or program/activity fees are a financial barrier to attending the Governor’s School, students should contact the director of the school to which they are applying.

 Note: The Governor’s School for the Arts has a program fee of $2,850 and an activity fee of $350. Accepted students may be awarded either a full program fee scholarship or a partial program fee scholarship or be permitted to attend with no scholarship. Refer to the Governor’s School for the Arts application on the MTSU website or contact the school for additional information about the program costs and program fee scholarship opportunities.


All requests have five business days to be sent.

Name of Student_________________________  Date____________________________

Date of Birth______________________ Last 4 digits of S.S. Number_______________

Check one: Paper: _____________________       Electronic: __________________

Date Sent via guidance: _________________

Name and address where transcript is to be sent:




_________________________                                  ______________________________

Signature of Student                                                                  Parent’s Signature

                                                                                                                                  (if student is not 18)


 Use the following template as a draft to guide you through preparing a resume. It is recommended that your resume be saved electronically and accompany each college application that you complete. List and bullet by activity and grade (9, 10, 11, 12)





Scholastic Information/High School and Year of Graduation

 College Major/Career Goal: (include this only if you have one)

 G.P.A. (only if good), ACT (only if good), SAT (only if good)


 In this section you should list your entire academic, sports, or community honors. This section should only reflect HONOR achievements in these areas.  For example:

 National Honor Society (11, 12)

  • Robotics Award (12)
  • MVP for the Sumner County Conference (9, 10)

High School Extracurricular Activities:

In this section you should list all academic, sports, theatre, art, and other activities related to MHMS only. For example:

 MHMS Varsity Basketball (11, 12) Captain (12)

  • MHMS Junior Varsity Basketball (9, 10)
  • DECA (9, 10, 11, 12)
  • Talon (9, 10, 11)

Community/Church Involvement:

In this section list all activities that you have participated in outside of Merrol Hyde Magnet School-include any community service work. For example:

 Meals on Wheels Volunteer (Summer 2014)

  • Church Youth Group (9,10)

Work Experience/Summer Jobs:

In this section list work experience of any type-including babysitting. For example:

 Val’s House of Pizza, Delivery Person (11, 12)

  • Sumner Library (9,10)

Special Interest, Abilities, Hobbies:

In this section list at least 3 items unrelated to your other activities. For example:

  • Bilingual Chinese/English
  • Travel Abroad (Europe, Asia)
  • Website Design

References: Only list people that will say good things about you and that you have asked to be a reference. No family members allowed.







On a Separate Sheet: Type the answers.

  1. 1. What information, ideas, etc., do you want me to include in your recommendation?
  2. 2. What do you consider your academic strengths and weaknesses?
  3. 3. What has been you most meaningful academic activity during high school?
  4. 4. List special abilities, hobbies, and/or experiences.
  5. 5. What has been your most meaningful out of class activity in high school? Why?
  6. 6. What are your career interests?

Which five of the circled words describe you best? List them here and tell why they describe you.





  1. 5.

 Circle 5 adjectives that describe you that you feel are true about you most of the time.









































































































































Preparing the Application

Application materials require input from students, parents, and multiple educators. Students are expected to complete student application materials and return them to the nominating school faculty member, who will mail the complete nomination packet and supporting documentation to the Governor’s School office(s) of interest. Applications submitted directly by students will not be accepted. Application Timeline Applications will be released on Sept. 1, 2018, on the Governor’s Schools website. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018. Complete nomination packets must be postmarked no later than Dec. 1. School counselors and other high school faculty may set earlier submission deadlines to ensure that applications are submitted on time.

Required Application Information

A complete listing of application requirements is provided on page 3 of the application packet. Use the checklist to ensure application is complete and pages are arranged in the correct order.

 High school faculty nominating a student are required to complete the following steps:

  1. 1. Obtain a completed Student Achievement form from the student’s school counselor or other school administrator who can verify the student’s record. Provide official documentation of items such as class rank, class size, numerical test scores, etc. Please note that while PSAT, SAT, and ACT scores are not mandatory, high schools are strongly encouraged to include this information if available.
  2. 2. Include an official transcript indicating rigorous courses (honors, early postsecondary, etc.).
  3. 3. Obtain completed, confidential Teacher Reference forms from the teachers listed by the students on the application materials.

Students are required to identify two teachers to complete these forms, which may include the high school faculty member nominating the student when applicable (see school-specific list). There is a space at the top of the Teacher Reference form to put the name of the high school faculty member to whom the form is to be returned. Additional letters of recommendation are acceptable.

  1. 4. Ensure that students applying to more than one Governor’s School complete a separate application and essay questions for each school. All supporting documentation and application materials must be submitted separately to each Governor’s School to which a student applies.

Each Governor’s School’s application review committee selects the students who are offered admission. Each Governor’s School differs in acceptance criteria, program schedule, and participation requirements.

Student Nomination Criteria Though the admissions requirements and selection criteria vary between the programs, students who are invited to participate in a Tennessee Governor’s School typically:

  1. 1. rank in the top 10 percent of their class in academic performance/capability;
  2. 2. display a high degree of motivation to participate in the school for the entire program;
  3. 3. possess the ability to manage a curriculum that stresses creative conceptual thinking;
  4. 4. express willingness to expend considerable time and effort in the content area selected; and
  5. 5. demonstrate emotional maturity and possess evidence of many characteristics and attributes of a high-performing student, such as: • curiosity as a keen observer; involved and able to thrive on complexity; • ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate; sees new relationships; able to generate many alternatives; self-motivated; • ability to learn quickly, easily, and efficiently; retains and uses information; • ability to express himself/herself in writing, orally, and/or creatively; • inquisitiveness; asks provocative questions; and • history of out-of-school learning experiences or projects. Due to the number of highly qualified applicants reviewed by each respective Governor’s School, the selection committees place great weight on the written narratives and/or letters of recommendations from teachers, counselors, and administrators.






Shared Vision

Merrol Hyde Magnet School is committed to excellence in K-12 education by utilizing the Paideia philosophy of educating the whole child - body, mind, and spirit - while encouraging and nurturing a life long love of learning.

Merrol Hyde Magnet is an academic magnet school with an emphasis in foreign language.  Rigor and challenge at an accelerated pace are expected and embedded in our curriculum.