Rogers Scholars Application


Welcome to the 2021 Rogers Scholars application page. Before you get started, take a moment and look through the content on this page. First, read the sections on eligibility and the selection process to get a better understanding of how the process works.

Once you’ve read through those items, go over the information in the application kit which includes an application guide and checklist. This year we have moved the application to Google Classroom. Students can work on their application from November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST. The application is broken down into individual assignments and students can work on the application over time at their own pace. For application questions, contact Allison Cross at or call 606-677-6000.


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.

Application Kit

Application Assistance

If you need help with the application, register for one of our application assistance sessions. Pre-registration is required.

January 7 @ 7 p.m. EST

January 14 @ 7 p.m. EST

January 21 @ 7 p.m. EST

January 28 @ 7 p.m. EST

January 31 @ 4:30 EST

Getting Connected to Google Classroom:

The first step in the application process is getting connected to Google Classroom. Before moving forward, make sure to watch the “Connecting to Google Classroom” video which will show you step-by-step how to get connected. All Google Classroom codes will be listed here. Please copy your code before going to Google Classroom.


Google Classroom Code: 


Important Note: If you have trouble joining the classroom from a school email account, it  may be a security issue. You will have to use a non-school related email address.