Center for Rural Development accepting applications for Rogers Explorers summer youth leadership program

Rogers Explorers
Rogers Explorers

Deadline is Feb. 15

Eighth-grade middle school students in Knox County have until Feb. 15 to apply online for The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 Rogers Explorers summer youth leadership program.

Rogers Explorers, an intensive three-day, two-night program held on the campuses of six Kentucky colleges and universities, focuses on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.

This is the first year students have been able to apply online for the Rogers Explorers program. The online registration process is easy, user friendly, and allows students to fill out the application form at their convenience.

“We have not changed the application form, but we have changed the way students apply for Rogers Explorers,” said youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens. “We will no longer accept mailed or emailed applications. All applications and supporting documents must be submitted online to be considered for the 2015 Rogers Explorers program.”

To apply for Rogers Explorers, visit and register through the online application portal. Once students have registered and signed in, they will be able to begin the application process.

As part of the online application process, students will download individual “assignments” to their computers, complete the requested information, and then submit each assignment online. Students will receive an email confirmation once they submit each assignment.

A step-by-step instructional video is available at the top of the application page to help registered applicants navigate the online application process and learn more about the web-based system.

All online “assignments” must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2015. Students will not be able to submit individual assignments after that date.

“The Rogers Explorers program gives students the skills they need to start building careers in some of today’s top, in-demand fields,” said Stephens. “Activities are both educational and fun. Classroom projects are hands-on, and Explorers are able to actively participate in practical college courses, fine tune their leadership skills, and develop a network of friends and resources throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”

The Rogers Explorers program is presented by The Center in partnership with Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and its newest partner, University of Pikeville.

For more information on the online application process or the Rogers Explorers program, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email The program, open to current eighth-grade students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area, is provided free of charge to participants.