Rogers Scholars Impacting Their Communities
2013 Rogers Scholars and newly engaged couple Emilia Bustle and Emerson James met for the first time at a getting-to-know-you exercise where students introduce themselves to each other on the opening day of Scholars. Bustle was a student at South Laurel High School....
After learning some students in Casey County lacked proper footwear, 2018 Rogers Scholar Walker Campbell organized a shoe drive to help meet one of life’s basic necessities. Campbell, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, launched...
Rogers Scholar Elizabeth Jones of Russell County organizes book drive for Jamestown Elementary School
When 2018 Rogers Scholar Elizabeth Jones heard there was a book shortage at Jamestown Elementary School, she knew she had to help. Jones, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, decided to organize a book drive. “As a kid I loved to...
Rogers Scholar Julia Fitzpatrick organizes fundraiser to benefit Jessamine County Homeless Coalition
Julia Fitzpatrick put the entrepreneurial skills she learned as a Rogers Scholar to work organizing a fundraiser for the Jessamine County Homeless Coalition. Fitzpatrick, a 2018 graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, decided to make...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Ryleigh Napier of Leslie County is putting service into action by providing winter coats to children and families in her community. Napier, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program, organized a community coat drive...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Malinda Cox of Elliott County and community volunteers picked up 22 bags of trash and debris at three separate locations on Grayson Lake. Cox, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program and a junior at Elliott County...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Haydon Caudill organized a holiday food drive to serve struggling families in Letcher County for his Rogers Scholars community service project. Caudill, a graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program and a junior at...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Luke Jacobs of Pulaski County has participated in Boy Scout Troop 79’s annual Toys for Tots campaign for several years, but this year was different. For his Rogers Scholars community service project, Jacobs asked if he could help plan and organize...read more
In October of 2018, in observance of Dyslexia Awareness Month, 2018 Rogers Scholar Lakin Puckett of Pike County organized Elkhorn City’s first annual Dyslexia Awareness Walk for her Rogers Scholars community service project. Puckett, a a graduate of The Center for...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Zane Rousey of Hustonville has always had a heart for missions, but this Christmas he partnered with community leaders in Casey and Lincoln counties to help those in need closer to home. Rousey, a junior at Casey County High School, organized a...read more
Christmas was a little brighter for 24 students at Morgan Central Elementary School who may not have received gifts this season if it were not for 2018 Rogers Scholar Kennedy Trusty. Trusty, a junior at Morgan County High School and a graduate of The Center for Rural...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Wade Copley organized a Thanksgiving food drive for his Rogers Scholars community service project. Copley, a junior at Pikeville High School, collected non-perishable food items for holiday food baskets and assisted the Fellowship of Christian...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Lauren Nunez, knew exactly what she wanted to do for her community service project. “At the beginning of the school year, I asked the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Club if I could be the leader of a project this year,” said Nunez, a...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Katherine Niemeier of Whitley County loves Halloween. As a child, Niemeier enjoyed trick-or-treating with her friends and wanted to share the experience with children who couldn’t afford Halloween costumes. That’s when she decided to organize “Take...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Jaxson Ratliff is making an impact on the mental and physical health of elementary students in Johnson County. Ratliff, a junior at Johnson Central High School, partnered with Highlands Regional Medical Center and UK Markey Cancer Center to serve...read more
Thanks to a community food drive organized by 2018 Rogers Scholar Tara Johnson, the Jackson County Food Bank was able to feed more families this holiday season. Johnson, a junior at Jackson County High School, coordinated a Thanksgiving food drive in Jackson County...read more
2018 Rogers Scholar Madison Barron of Pulaski County loves children and helping others. She combined these two interests to complete a community service project that served more than 300 elementary students in need. Barron, a junior at Pulaski County High School,...read more
Ally Daniels of Knox County knew she wanted to do something to help animals for her Rogers Scholars community service project. “After visiting the Knox-Whitley Animal Shelter and seeing what they needed, I left determined to provide every dog with a Christmas dinner,”...read more