Welcome to the 2023 Rogers Scholars application page.

The 2023 application will not open until November 1, 2022. It will close on January 31, 2023.

Dates for the 2023 Rogers Scholars Camps are:

Sunday, June 4-9th at Morehead State University

Sunday, June 25-30th at Lindsey Wilson College



To be eligible to apply, the student must:

  • Be a current sophomore in high school.
  • Live in a county located within the 45-county service area of The Center for Rural Development. 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, entrepreneurship, and community service.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale).

Selection Process

A total of 60 students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky are selected to attend the program each year, with 30 attending each of the two weeks. 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 applicant with the highest score in each county will be selected as that county’s representative. After those 45 selections are made, the highest 15 scores of the remaining applicants will also be selected as Rogers Scholars. As a result, some schools and/or counties will have more than one representative.

Every applicant remaining after the first 60 selections will be considered an alternate and will be ranked from the highest to lowest score. If a selected Scholar is unable to attend the program, the 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.

2023 Rogers Scholars Application – Opens November 1, 2022

The 2023 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 2023 Rogers Scholars 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.

Click Here to download the Application Checklist


Step 1. Contact Information Form: 

For this form,  you will need your basic contact information, t-shirt size, a non-school related email address (gmail, yahoo, etc.), mailing address, student phone number, parent phone number, school counselor’s name, unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 scale), you can list up to two honors, AP, or advanced level courses, indicate if you were in Rogers Explorers or ELI, and indicate your choice of camp location. Make sure to have all of this information before you fill out the form.

Step 2. Extracurriculars Form: – 30 Points 

For this form, you can list up to 30 different extracurricular activities, involvement in organizations, awards or honors you’ve received, etc. There are three different categories: Leadership, Technology, and Entrepreneurship. You can list up to 10 items in each category for a total of 30 Points. It is recommended that you type the list out first in a word document prior to filling out the form. This way, you can just copy and past the information into the form ahead of time.

Step 3. Community Service Form: – 20 Points 

For this form, you can list up to 20 items for community service. This can be anytime you’ve volunteered to do anything, helped someone out, or organized your own project. There are two different categories: School Related Activities and Non-School Related Activities. You can list up to 10 items in each category for a total of 20 Points. 

Step 4. Documents Form: – 50 Points 

For this form, you will have to upload all of your documents, which includes an Essay (45 Points), Academic Transcript (5 Points), and 3 Letters of Recommendation. The letters are used as statements of character and are not worth any points. However, you will have 5 points deducted from your overall score for every letter you do not turn in.

  • ESSAY – 45 Points
    Rogers Scholar Essay question and Rubric
  • TRANSCRIPT – 5 Points
    You need to ask your high school counselor for your academic transcript. It needs to include your unweighted GPA (on a 4.0 Scale) and any advanced level courses.
    You need three letters of recommendation. You need 2 from your school and 1 from the community. The letter writers cannot be related to you. If you do not submit letters, you will have points deducted for every missing letter.

Step 5. Application Completion Form: 

When you are done with the application, click on the link below to let us know that you have completed all 4 forms.

Deadline is January 31, 2023