As summer vacation begins, I hope you are looking forward to your participation in the Rogers Scholars program. The time is fast approaching when you will be joining us in Columbia, and we are very excited as that date nears! This information is designed to provide you with all the information you need in order to be prepared for your time with us.


All Rogers Scholars must be transported to and from the program by their parents/guardians and will not have access to a personal vehicle throughout the week. Lindsey Wilson College is located in Columbia, KY just off the Louie B. Nunn Cumberland Parkway. Once you arrive in Columbia there are road signs directing you to campus, but if you are using GPS the address is 210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728.

Your first order of business upon arriving in Columbia on Sunday is to check in on the Lindsey Wilson College campus. The check-in location for male participants will be at Smith Hall, and the check-in location for female participants will be Lilly Hall. The Center and Lindsey Wilson College staff will be there to greet you. Check-in begins at 2:30 pm CENTRAL TIME  and (3:30 Eastern Time), and we ask that you check in no later than 3:00 pm CST.

Opening Reception:

Following check-in, Scholars and their families should proceed to VP Henry Auditorium located in the L.R. McDonald Administration Building. At 3:30 pm CST, a welcome reception will be held for all Scholars and their families. At the conclusion of the reception (approximately 4:15 pm), parents and families will depart, and the Rogers Scholars program will be underway.

Scholar-Family Communication:

Your family and friends will be able to see what you are doing while you are away by visiting our Facebook page Youth Programs at The Center. In case of an emergency, your family may contact you by calling The Center at (606) 677-6000 or by calling Allison Cross directly at (606) 307-0561.

Dress Code/What to Bring:

Dress will be mostly casual throughout the week except for Tuesday, when Scholars are asked to dress in business/professional attire. On Tuesday, young ladies should wear a dress, pant/skirt suit, or skirt and blouse, and young men should wear a dress shirt, slacks, and tie (a suit jacket or sport coat may be worn if you choose).

Scholars will be provided a Rogers Scholars t-shirt (to wear Monday and Thursday) and polo (to wear Wednesday and Friday). We will have the shirts laundered after you wear them the first time, so don’t worry – you don’t have to wear dirty clothes! You may choose to wear shorts, jeans, or pants with your Rogers Scholars shirts (the t-shirt is purple with white and gold trim, and the polo is gold with purple and gold trim). Polos are a wicking, thin “dri fit” material so you may want to plan accordingly for any undershirts that will be worn.

You need to bring sturdy but comfortable shoes (no open toe, flip flops, or sandals) for the challenge course on Monday. We will be outdoors all day on Monday, so you may also want to bring a hat and sunglasses. On Wednesday we will be doing a community service project, and we recommend you bring clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty! For graduation on Friday you will be wearing your Rogers Scholars polo, and we ask that you wear khaki pants.

There is a pool on campus that we will have access to several nights, so bring swim attire and a towel (we’ll also have a pool party as part of the Scholar send-off party on Thursday night). Only one piece swimsuits are allowed for females. Since all your meals, lodging, and activities are paid for, you need very little money – only for vending machine snacks or other small incidentals.

You will be staying in dorm rooms during your time on campus, and there are specific items you will need to bring with you to make your stay more comfortable:

  • Towels (for showers)
  • bed sheets for twin bed (fitted and top sheet)
  • blanket or sleeping bag
  • pillow
  • shoes for the shower (optional)
  • hangers if you’d like to hang any clothes
  • personal hygiene items
  • small, portable fan for dorm room in case it gets warm.
  • Snacks and drinks that don’t need refrigeration.

Electronic Devices/Personal Items:

The use of cell phones, electronic games, personal audio devices, or laptop computers is limited to the Scholars’ dorm rooms and leisure time. Even so, students are solely responsible for the personal items they bring and are strongly discouraged from bringing unnecessary items. If you do choose to bring any of these items, you must remember to leave them in your dorm room and do so at your own risk.

Scholars’ Travel to Somerset:

On Friday morning, Scholars will be transported to Somerset to finish out the week at The Center for Rural Development. All luggage and other items Scholars have brought with them will also travel to Somerset so that after the graduation ceremony Friday night, Scholars can depart for home with their parents directly from The Center.

 Graduation/Presentation to Parents/Departure:

On Friday night, the program will conclude with a graduation ceremony. The Friday night ceremony also includes a presentation by the Scholars on all the things they’ve participated in and learned throughout the week. Parents and families are invited and encouraged to attend this culmination of the Rogers Scholars week. Parents and families may begin arriving at 5:00 pm EASTERN TIME and proceed directly to the Theatre. The ceremony will begin at 5:30 pm and is scheduled to end no later than 7:00 pm. Once the ceremony concludes, Scholars will be returning home with their parents.

The Center is located at 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY. More extensive directions to Somerset and The Center for Rural Development are available on our website at OR


If you or your parents have any questions about the Rogers Scholars program or anything included in this information packet, please feel free to call me at (606) 677-6000. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. You can also e-mail me at

 We hope you are as excited about the program as we are. We have a week of fun-filled, challenging activities planned for you and look forward to meeting you very soon!

Students for WEEK 1 of Scholars

Abigail Knoy
Ally Daniels
Amy Clark
Andrew Melton
Brysen Honeycutt
Delaney golden
Donovan Damron
Ethan Bates
Haydon Caudill
Hunter Brewer
Jaxson Ratliff
Jenna McGaha
Julia Fitzpatrick
Kennedy Bruner
Kenzie Lacefield
Lauren Nunez
Lauren Riley
Lydia Emberton
Mack Parsons
Madi Smoot
Madison Barron
Madison Begley
Maycee Lyons
McKinney Meek
Morgan Warren
Olivia Lynch
Rachel Sawyers
Tara Johnson
Victoria Nelson
Wade Copley