Youth Programs at
The Center for Rural Development

Rogers Scholars Application

Rogers Scholars Application

School Information

Choice of Camps

Please choose your preferred program date. Keep in mind dates are not guaranteed. We understand that you may already be committed to other camps or summer programs and will try to accommodate your schedule as much as possible.

Extracurricular Activities (30 Points)

Extracurricular Activities are defined as school-related activities that you are part of in addition to your regular classroom work. This includes school-sponsored clubs, organizations, associations, programs, and athletic teams. Please list your extracurricular activities as they relate to the program’s four areas of focus.

Write the full name of any activity that has an acronym (i.e. write Future Business Leaders of America, not just FBLA).

Please fill out the required fields in the following format:

2016-2018 – Played on Football Team
2017-2018 – Beta Club
2017 – Played on Basketball Team

Community Service Activities (25 Points)

Community Service Activities are defined as those activities that involve your time and volunteer efforts for a community-related group or project. This includes time you put into helping civic organizations, doing community-related church activities, working as a volunteer, or contributing to other community-minded activities. If you have a leadership position or role in any of the activities, please describe that position/role. Paid positions of employment are NOT considered community service activities.

Please fill out the required fields in the following format:

2018 – Helped with PRIDE cleanup
2018 – Collected Donations for local food pantry
2017 – Organized a charity 5K run for the homeless

Essay Topic (35 Points)

The Center for Rural Development is making headway in creating a better way of life for Southern and Eastern Kentucky by providing a middle-mile, fiber-optic network that creates the opportunity for affordable, high-capacity, high-speed broadband access. Using areas of economic development, tourism, and entrepreneurship, describe how your community could take advantage of this opportunity.


Essay Requirements: 1-2 pages double spaced; .5 inch margins; and Times New Roman 12 point font. More than 2 pages will result in a deduction of points.

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Academic Performance (10 Points)

You must submit a cumulative (freshman and year to date sophomore year) school transcript along with your program application. Your cumulative grade point average (un-weighted by your school) will be utilized to assess a score on academic performance. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
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Letters of Recommendation

Please submit three (3) letters of recommendation with your application. Two (2) of the letters must be typed by an individual who is employed by the school system you attend, and one (1) letter must be typed by someone from your community who is not employed by the school system.

• Family members or relatives may not write letters of recommendation.
• Although this assignment is not worth any points, you will be deducted 5 points for each letter that is not submitted. The letters of recommendation are used as a character assessment for the scoring committee.
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Final Assignment

I hereby certify that the information I have provided with this application is accurate and correct, and that the essay I have submitted is my original work. If selected, I agree that I will actively participate in the program for its full duration, and I will abide by the Rogers Scholars Code of Conduct.

Student: Please type your name in the gray box to certify you comply with the statement above.
As parent or legal guardian of the student named on this application, I hereby give my consent for the release of his/her school records to those individuals who manage the Rogers Scholars program and all those involved in the selection process.

Parent: Please type your name in the gray box if you agree with the statement above.

Immediately following the February 1 deadline we will begin the scoring process. This will take some time but we expect to notify ALL applicants of their selection status no later than the first week in April.

Having Trouble?

For any technical questions regarding the application site please contact The Center’s Help Desk at 606-677-6175, toll free at 866-508-6382, or email We strive to respond to all request in a timely manner. If your call is unanswered please leave a voicemail with your name and a call back number, along with the issue you are experiencing. Thank you!