Special to The Mountain Advocate
Knox County students Addison Osborne, David Miller, and Clay Mills graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 Rogers Scholars program.
Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
“Through Rogers Scholars, I was able to make so many friends, while learning ways I can better myself and my community,” said Osborne, 16, a junior at Knox Central High School. “I am so thankful I could be a part of such an amazing program.”
Miller and Mills, students at Barbourville High School, also enjoyed their experience at Rogers Scholars.
“Rogers Scholars has been the best part of my summer,” Miller said. “I have made friends that I will keep forever.”
“I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to attend Rogers Scholars,” Mills said. “I was able to make great friends and experience an amazing program. I will use this experience to better myself and my community.”
Sixty-three high school students from 45 Kentucky counties graduated this summer from the 2015 Class of Rogers Scholars. The program was held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in South Central Kentucky in Adair County.
“We had yet another outstanding class of Rogers Scholars to participate in the program this summer,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “I’m excited to see what happens over the next few years for these young people as they pursue other opportunities to seize their future.
“What’s so encouraging to see with these Rogers Scholars is that they come together for six days, from 45 counties, and form friendships that will last a lifetime,” he said. “I was amazed at the level of focus each of them has for wanting to return to their hometowns and make a positive impact for their community.”
Addison is the daughter of Bart and Julie Osborne of Barbourville. David is the son of David and Becky Miller of Barbourville. Clay is the son of Angie Stewart and Bruce Mills of Barbourville.
Since 1998, 1,056 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 17 participating colleges and universities.