RE University Partners

The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program is made possible by the partnerships with several post-secondary institutions throughout the Commonwealth. This program would not be possible without their contribution. We thank you for your very generous support.


Eastern Kentucky University is a public university in Richmond, KY, which offers general and liberal arts programs, pre-professional and professional training in education and various other fields at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. EKU has a distinguished record of more than a century of educational service to the Commonwealth.  For more information, visit

Lindsey Wilson College is a private institution located in Columbia, KY. The mission of LWC is to serve the educational needs of students by providing a living-learning environment within an atmosphere of active caring and Christian concern where every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.

LWC offers more than 30 undergraduate and four graduate-level programs in the liberal arts, as well as select professional studies in business, counseling, and nursing. For more information, visit

Morehead State University is a comprehensive public university with robust undergraduate and graduate programs, emerging doctoral programs, and an emphasis on regional engagement. MSU aspires to be the best public regional university in the South through prioritizing student success, outcomes, academic excellence, and rankings, reputation and regional responsiveness.

Located in the foothills of the Daniel Book National Forest in Rowan County, MSU has 141 undergraduate and 70 graduate degree programs in four colleges: Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Ernst and Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education, College of Science, and Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology. For more information, visit

Union College provides sutdents from throughout Appalachia and all over the country, with a collegiate experience to ensure lifelong success. Union is grounded by four pillars that define their focus as an academic institution: service to each other and our communities, their Appalachian culture and heritage, our core affiliation with Methodism, and the liberal arts academic experience. Union serves each of its students with a sincere commitment to strengthen those pillars, to spark passion and inspire lifelong learning in all they do. More than 70 percent of their students are from Kentucky, many of which are first generation college students. Union College is located in Barbourville, KY. For more information visit,

The University of the Cumberlands is located in Williamsburg, KY. In 2018, they launched the Cumberlands Commitment, which slashed tuition by 57 percent to make education affordable for any student who pursued their undergraduate degree on our Williamsburg campus. In 2019, we expanded our Commitment to include complimentary books.

UC continues to offer promising students of all backgrounds a broad based liberal arts program enriched with Christian values. The University strives for excellence in all of its endeavors and expects from students a similar dedication to this pursuit. Its commitment to a strong academic program is joined with a commitment to a strong work ethic. UC encourages students to think critically and creatively so that they may better prepare themselves for lives of responsible service and leadership.  For more information, visit

The University of Pikeville is the leading higher education institution of Central Appalachia. Founded in 1889, UPIKE remains steadfast in our commitment to preparing students for the future while creating intellectual, cultural and economic opportunities for Appalachia. Maintaining our commitment to Christian principles, UPIKE recognizes the infinite worth of each person, respecting a variety of religious expressions.