Knox Central High School student Reagan Warren and Barbourville High School student William “Matthew” Dixon graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program.
Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to receive the skills they need to become the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders. Seventeen colleges and universities partner with The Center to offer exclusive college scholarships to Rogers Scholars graduates.
“The Rogers Scholars program taught me many life lessons,” said Reagan, a junior at Knox Central High School. “I learned that no matter where you’re from, you can make a difference.”
“Rogers Scholars is a great experience for any student,” added Matthew, a junior at Barbourville High School. “The networking with fellow students, the challenging and thought-provoking sessions, and just the bonding opportunities, helped shape each of us into better students and better leaders.”
Sixty students from 45 Kentucky counties graduated this summer from the 2014 Class of Rogers Scholars. The program was held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in South Central Kentucky in Adair County.
“I have high hopes for all of our Rogers Scholars graduates as they return to their hometowns in Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “This has been an exceptional group of young leaders. There is no limit to what these Scholars can do, and I look forward to seeing them develop into future business and civic leaders this region needs.”
Rogers Scholars —The Center’s flagship youth program—was established in 1998 as an action step toward meeting Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers’ goal that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”
The program instills in Rogers Scholars graduates a commitment to the region and encourages them to return to the area after graduating college to build their professional careers. Each graduate must complete a community service project within one year from graduating from Rogers Scholars.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.