Where do I go?

Week 1 of Rogers Scholars takes place at Lindsey Wilson College (210 Lindsey Wilson Street, Columbia, KY 42728). All Rogers Scholars must be transported to and from the program by their parent/guardians and will not have access to a personal vehicle throughout the week.

Upon arrival to camp, you need to report to your child’s assigned dorm. Females will be staying in Lilly Hall. Males will be staying in Smith Hall. The Center for Rural Development staff will be there to greet you. Once your child has put all of his or her belongings into their assigned dorm, you need to report to the Hodge Discipleship Building. This building is located adjacent to the Cranmer Dinning Center. You may park in the parking lot next to the dinning center.

*Please keep in mind that Lindsey Wilson College is in the CENTRAL TIME ZONE. All times reported in the agenda are listed as Central time unless otherwise noted.

What do I need to bring?

The following items are necessities for your stay at Rogers Scholars:

  • Towels, wash cloths, and other shower necessities including shampoo and soap. There is a bathroom in each individual suite that is equipped with a shower and restroom.
  • Students will be responsible for bringing their own sheets, pillows, and comforters for a twin sized bed.
  • Shoes for the shower (optional)
  • Hangers if you’d like to hang any clothes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Snacks and drinks that don’t need refrigeration.
  • Calamine lotion because we will be outdoors often
  • Dorms have drink and snack machines, so you may bring change/cash to utilize those.
  • The Center will be selling Rogers Scholars T-shirts for $15 and fleece blankets for $20 to help fund next year’s program.

What do I need to wear?

Dress will be mostly casual throughout the week except for Tuesday and Friday. Laundry machines are available in the dorms. The provided polo shirts are a wicking, thin “dri fit” material so you may want to plan accordingly for any undershirts that will be worn.

  • Sunday: Scholars should dress in something they aren’t afraid to get dirty. There will be a lot of outdoor activities including a community service project at a garden.
  • Monday: Casual wear. We will be participating in outdoor activities during the morning. Later in the day we will change into a polo shirt that is provided by the Rogers Scholars program. Please bring a pair of khaki pants or shorts.
  • Tuesday: Scholars are required to dress in business/professional attire. Young ladies should wear a dress, pant/skirt suit, or skirt and blouse. Young men should wear a dress shirt, slacks, and tie. A suit jacket or sport coat may be worn if you choose. Tuesday students will be meeting with college admissions professionals from 20 different universities throughout Kentucky and Tennessee and will participate in etiquette dinner training.
  • Wednesday: Casual wear. We will be in educational sessions for most of the day. However, students need to be prepared to go back to the garden to finish up their community service project.
  • Thursday: Casual wear. Students will wear the provided polo shirt and khakis.
  • Friday: Graduation ceremony. Young ladies should wear a dress, pant/skirt suit, or skirt and blouse. Young men should wear a dress shirt, slacks, and tie. A suit jacket or sport coat may be worn if you choose.

 May I bring electronic devices?

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. Phones are permitted. However, Scholars are not allowed to have them out during educational sessions or during guest speakers. If Scholars are caught with their phones out during these times, their devices will be taken away and stored until leisure time that evening. Multiple Center staff will be on hand at all times in case a Scholar needs to use a phone for emergencies.

Where do I pick my child up at?

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. 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 EST 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. Each parent must sign their child out with a member of The Center staff before leaving.

The Center is located at 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY and is located in the EASTERN TIME ZONE. 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!

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