n this Kentucky Gives Day, we want to tell you about our youth programs:
Rogers Scholars is The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program; it provides leadership, entrepreneurship and community service experiences as well as providing college scholarship opportunities, to help upcoming high school juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky develop the skills they need to seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
During this intensive week-long program, Rogers Scholars work on building their leadership skills, participate in a series of team-building exercises; receive hands-on instructional training from professional experts in engineering, healthcare, and civic engagement; and interact with nationally recognized business leaders and entrepreneurs. The program focuses on developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship, and community service.
High school students apply during their sophomore year and, if selected, will attend one of two Rogers Scholars summer sessions just before they enter the 11th grade. All lodging, meals, and program expenses (with the exception of transportation to and from the program) at no cost to the student.
Since the program’s inception in 1998, 1,182 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $8 million have been offered to graduates by 17 participating colleges and universities.
For 16-year-old Colton Morrow, the Rogers Scholars program was indeed an experience of a lifetime. The Rogers Scholars program gave Morrow the opportunity to meet like-minded students from all over the state of Kentucky.
“The Rogers Scholars program gave us opportunities that we wouldn’t have gotten anywhere else,” Morrow said. “The program taught us what it means to be a leader…and helped us understand how to give back to our community.”
Morrow, a junior at Wayne County High School, is the son of Wayne and Wanetta Morrow, of Monticello.
This is an exceptional program, and it could not be made possible without friends like you. We ask that you join us in supporting our youth programs, and help us reach our goal of $5,000. We appreciate everyone who helps make our youth programs possible, and continues to enrich the lives of our youth around Southern and Eastern Kentucky.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill