The Center for Rural Development is proud to announce 62 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky have been selected to attend this year’s 20th annual Rogers Scholars program.

The Rogers Scholars program is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky counties to build their skills as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

Members of the 2017 Rogers Scholars Class and their respective counties are:

  • Arabella Caldwell: Adair County
  • Talyn Alderman: Bath County
  • Jeana Fultz: Bell County
  • McKenzie Barber and Rachel Dillon: Boyd County
  • Emily Noble: Breathitt County
  • Breanna Bush: Carter County
  • Zachary Todd: Casey County
  • Shelby Phillips and Gabriel Crockett: Clay County
  • Isabelle Moons: Clinton County
  • Bailey Willis: Cumberland County
  • Molly Lewis: Elliott County
  • Noah Williams: Estill County
  • Cole DeRossett: Floyd County
  • Brynne Galloway: Garrard County
  • Dalton Green: Green County
  • Emersyn Noah and Christopher Brown: Harlan County
  • Abigail Smith: Jackson County
  • Quinton Carr: Jessamine County
  • Jacob Triplett and Matt Tackett: Johnson County
  • Eden Slone: Knott County
  • Lydia Smith: Knox County
  • Grace Evans and Sydney King: Laurel County
  • Lincoln Rose: Lawrence County
  • Matthew Minter: Lee County
  • Madison Simpson: Leslie County
  • Nikole Lee and Owen Gibson: Letcher County
  • Taylor Wesley: Lincoln County
  • Jayden Hackworth: Magoffin County
  • Allison Horn: Martin County
  • Noah Jones and Maryanna Meadows: McCreary County
  • Laura Baker: Menifee County
  • Tyler London: Metcalfe County
  • Cassie Strong: Monroe County
  • Macey Conley: Morgan County
  • Joseph Wyatt Lucas: Owsley County
  • Benjamin Melton, Hannah Daniels, and James Hall: Perry County
  •  Brock Runyon, Emily Crum, and Olivia Whitfield: Pike County
  • Caleb Honeycutt, Catherine Smith, Makenzie Clouse, and Taylor Young: Pulaski County
  • Cole Ballinger: Rockcastle County
  • M’Shae Mathews: Rowan County
  • Emma Loy and Payton Riggins: Russell County
  • Myles Murrell: Taylor County
  • Colton Morrow: Wayne County
  • Noah Taylor, Jacob Mitchell, and Rex Lacefield: Whitley County
  • Courtney Brooks: Wolfe County

The 2017 Rogers Scholars program will be held June 18-23 and July 9-14 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County. There is no tuition charge to attend the program and lodging and food are provided free of charge to participants.

The Rogers Scholars program gives high school students an experience of a lifetime to grow their leadership skills while learning how to become more community-minded individuals,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator. “Each graduate earns access to exclusive college scholarship opportunities from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities upon completion of a required community service project.”

Since 1998, 1,123 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky have graduated from Rogers Scholars. The program provides opportunities for students to apply for scholarships from 17 Kentucky colleges and universities.