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2013 Rogers Scholars Week 2

The Rogers Scholars Program currently partners with 17 different colleges and universities that offer exclusive college scholarship opportunities to graduates of the Rogers Scholars Program. In order to be eligible to receive scholarship offers, gradates must fulfill the community service requirement of the program within one year of their program completion date.

Rogers Scholars Partner Universities

The following are important steps for you to follow to ensure admission and scholarship opportunities at the University of Louisville:

  •  Scholarships are guaranteed to Roger’s Scholars who meet the minimum academic criteria:
    • 25 ACT or 1130 SAT (CR + M) and 3.35 GPA: $2,500 renewable scholarship
    • Additional scholarship: students must submit a separate application to apply for the Trustee’s, Hallmark, Grawemeyer, Brown Fellows or McConnell scholarships.
    • Academic enrichment programs including McConnell Scholarships and Brown Fellows.
  • Shadow Opportunities: Roger’s Scholars can schedule their customized campus visit including one-on-one meetings with professors, students and Honors Program representatives. Please allow two weeks for us to plan your day. This program is for high school seniors. For more information contact Megan Adams at or 502-852-7540.

WKU’s scholarship commitment to Rogers Scholars Program graduates will be the following:

  • Up to 5 scholarships that will cover UP TO full in-state tuition (after any other WKU, private, KEES scholarships have been applied)
  • These 5 recipients must have a minimum 24 ACT composite and 3.4 high school GPA
  • These 5 recipients must maintain a 3.4 college GPA in order to renew the scholarship for up to 4 years at WKU

The University of Kentucky is pleased to encourage academic excellence and will provide guaranteed scholarships to students completing the Rogers Scholars program, provided they meet the academic standards required.

There will be three tiers of  scholarships awarded to Rogers Scholars:

  • Students with a 31 ACT and 3.50 cumulative unweighted GPA will receive a Commonwealth Scholarship. The Commonwealth Scholarship is valued at $10,000 and is payable as $2,500 for four (4) years.
  • Students with a 26+ ACT and a 3.30 cumulative unweighted GPA, that are not eligible for the Commonwealth Scholarship, will receive a Provost Scholarship. The Provost Scholarship is valued at $6,000 and is payable as $1,00 for four (4) years.

Scholarship recipients are subject to the following conditions:

  • Recipients must meet admission criteria at the time of application and enroll full-time each semester beginning the fall term after high school graduation.
  • If the recipient receives a scholarship of equal or higher value through another program, that scholarship will replace this award. Students may receive only one scholarship through the Academic Scholarship Office.
  • Recipients must maintain a UK cumulative GPA of 3.30 each semester.
  • Awards are payable in equal installments during the fall and spring terms.
  • Students who have a 31+ ACT score and a minimum 3.50 unweighted cumulative grade point average will be encouraged to apply for our Singletary Scholarship.

We also offer a National Merit Finalist Scholarship package for students named National Merit Finalists. If a student is awarded a Presidential, Singletary, or National Merit Finalist Scholarship, that award will replace the Rogers Scholars Scholarship.

Lindsey Wilson College, located in Columbia, Ky., is offering full-tuition scholarships to all Rogers Scholars program graduates who earn a score of 24 or better on the ACT. Those students that score below a 24 will receive a half-tuition scholarship.

Lincoln Memorial University, located in Harrogate, Tn., is offering full-tuition scholarships to students who complete the Rogers Scholars program and partial scholarships to students that qualify for the program but were not selected for the final list of 60. To qualify for the full-tuition scholarship, students must also score a minimum of 29 on the ACT or 1280 on the SAT. Rogers Scholars graduates scoring lower will be granted a $10,000 scholarship minimum. Tuitions will be renewable for an additional three years provided the student maintains a 2.7 cumulative GPA and completes 10 hours of community service per semester. LMU is located in Harrogate, Tn. just south of Middlesboro, Ky. across the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Union College, located in Barbourville, Ky., is offering graduates of the Rogers Scholars program the opportunity for a full tuition scholarship to Union College. Rogers Scholars graduates earning a score of 24 or better on the American College Test (ACT) and who earn a high school grade point average of 3.0 or better are eligible for the scholarship. Those scoring below 24 will receive a half tuition scholarship.

Rogers Scholars who score a 24 or higher on the ACT and a 3.4 or higher GPA will be awarded between $4,500 and $7,500 depending on whether they are a resident student or a commuter. Scholars who do not meet this criteria will be awarded a merit grant or academic scholarship based on where they fall on our scholarship matrix. Scholars do have the opportunity to be awarded our Presidential Scholarship of $12,500 if they score a 28 or higher on the ACT.

Morehead State University, located in Morehead, Ky., is offering 15 full tuition scholarships each year for graduates of the Rogers Scholars program who earn a score of 20 or better on the ACT and have an admission index of 600. In addition, those students with an ACT of 28 or higher combined with a high school GPA of 3.75 will receive both full tuition and on-campus housing. In addition to scholarships, MSU will provide students with opportunities for service learning through its Honors Residential Leadership program and through high quality academic programs that feature student research. MSU’s program of distinction, the Institute for Regional Analysis and Public Policy, also is partnering with The Center to develop a leadership and public policy curriculum for students in future Rogers Scholars programs. The four-year value of a single scholarship is expected to exceed $21,000.

The University of Pikeville, located in Pikeville, KY, is offering tuition scholarships to all graduates of the Rogers Scholars program. The value of the scholarship is $3,000 per year in addition to an academic scholarship. The Rogers Scholar Supplemental Scholarship is renewable up to four years for a $12,000 value.

Somerset Community College, located in Somerset, Ky., is offering a full-tuition scholarship to all graduates of the Rogers Scholars program.

Eastern Kentucky University, located in Richmond, Ky., is offering up to ten Presidential Scholarships to graduates of the Rogers Scholars Program. The Presidential Scholarship covers one half of instate tuition and will be awarded for 4 years if the students maintain a cumulative grade point average of a 2.50 or above. Scholars seeking the Presidential Scholarship must have a minimum high school unweighted GPA of 3.4 and at least a score of 24 on the ACT.

Hazard Community and Technical College, located in Hazard, Ky., is offering partial scholarships to all graduates of the Rogers Scholars Program, provided they have a GPA of 3.0 or better in high school and have earned a 23 or above on the ACT.

Big Sandy Community and Technical College with 4 campuses in Hager Hill, Paintsville, Pikeville, and Prestonsburg is offering full-tuition scholarships to all graduates of the Rogers Scholars program through the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Honors Scholarship Program. The Rogers Scholar must have a high school GPA of 3.0 and ACT Comp 24 or above with no less than a 20 in any discipline and a satisfactory scholarship essay.

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, with campuses in Cumberland, Harlan, Middlesboro, Pineville and Whitesburg, is offering a full-tuition scholarship to all graduates of the Rogers Scholars Program, provided they have a GPA of 3.0 or better in high school, have earned a score of 24 or above on the ACT, with no less than a 20 in any discipline, and write a satisfactory scholarship essay. The scholarship may be renewed for an additional year provided the student maintains a grade point standing of 3.0 and completes at least 12 semester hours each semester.

Campbellsville University will offer each Rogers Scholar graduate a “Rogers Scholar Academic Incentive Scholarship” in the amount of $2,000 for the first year and a renewable option for three additional years. The potential value to the student is $8,000 over the four-year period. The Rogers Scholars incentive, which is available to an unlimited number of program graduates, can also be used in combination with other academic scholarships available through CU.

Asbury University, a Christian liberal arts school located in Wilmore, Ky, offers 20% of tuition renewable scholarship to all successful graduates of the Rogers Scholar program who have a high school GPA of 3.0 and a 24 ACT or above. The Rogers Scholar Award is renewable for four years or eight semesters provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.1 at Asbury University. Students with higher GPA and ACT scores could qualify for more than one academic scholarship and would receive the highest award offered.

Georgetown College, a small, private, liberal arts college located in Georgetown, Kentucky will offer all graduates of the Rogers Scholars Program with a GPA of 3.6 or higher, upon admission to Georgetown, a scholarship in the amount of $17,500 per year. The Rogers Scholar Scholarship is renewable for four years or eight semesters provided the recipient maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 while at Georgetown College. This scholarship is not stackable with any other academic scholarship.

*The Center for Rural Development and The Rogers Scholars Program serve as a vehicle to help provide scholarship opportunities to graduates of the program who meet the requirements determined by each college. Each individual College/University reserves the right to change the scholarship amount or criteria at their discretion. We strive to keep the list of scholarships current, but strongly encourage each graduate to contact the college directly to make sure information has not changed.