Explorers Rubric 1WELCOME!

Welcome to the 2024 Rogers Explorers application page.

The 2024 Rogers Explorers application is now closed! 

All applicants will receive a letter with application status by the beginning of April. 

Explorers Rubric

Dates for the 2024 summer camps have not been confirmed, please check back for updates.



To be eligible to apply, the student must:

  • Be a current 8th grader.
  • Live in a county located within The Center’s 45-county service area. The forty-five county service area consists of the following Kentucky counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
  • Have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).  If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may submit a letter from your guidance counselor explaining any special circumstances that may have affected your GPA and/or why you should be considered for the Rogers Explorers program regardless of your GPA.


Selection Process:

A selection committee consisting of staff from The Center for Rural Development will be established.  In order to ensure fairness, applications will be blinded and applicant names removed prior to distributing copies to the selection committee. The committee will review and score all of the applications according to the criteria and point values established for each section. The top two applicants with the highest scores in each county will be selected as that county’s representatives. After those 90 selections are made, remaining students will be selected to fill any open spots.  As a result, some counties will have more than two representatives.

All applicants remaining after the initial selection will be considered as alternates and will be ranked from the highest to lowest score. If a selected Explorer is unable to attend the program, alternates will be contacted in order of their rank until the open spot is filled. For this reason, all applicants are encouraged to keep the program dates and the possibility of selection in mind as they make their plans for the summer.


2024 Rogers Explorers Application – Opens January 1, 2024

The 2024 Application will be accessed solely through this website through several online forms, which are listed below. Application instructions will be included on each page at the links below.

For the 2024 Rogers Explorers Application, you will have to provide a Contact Information Form, Extracurriculars Form, Community Service Form, and Documents Form (Essay, Letters of Recommendation, Transcript). Read the information carefully, you will need before filling out each form. The forms cannot be saved and have to be filled out all at once.  Once you are done with all four of the forms,  you will fill out an Application Completion Form to indicate that you are done with your application.