Applications accepted for Rogers Scholars program

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Deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications from rising high school juniors in Taylor County for the 2013 summer sessions of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

The program provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for high school students within The Center's 45 county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to receive the skills needed to become the region's next generation of leaders.

"The Rogers Scholars program gives high school students an experience of a lifetime to grow their leadership skills, while also securing scholarships for college," said Youth Programs Coordinator Delaney Stephens. "Each graduate earns access to exclusive college scholarship offers from some of the state's top-ranked colleges and universities."

Students apply during their sophomore year in high school and are selected through a competitive screening process to attend one of two summer leadership sessions of the Rogers Scholars program.

"The bonds and friendships students make while at Rogers Scholars continue long after the week has ended," Stephens said. "We have graduates all across Southern and Eastern Kentucky striving to make a difference in the lives of people in their home communities and in our region."

Applicants can download a copy of the application form by visiting www.rogersscholars.com.

Application forms must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, KY 42501 by Jan. 31.

The Rogers Scholars program is provided free to participants. Lodging and meals for the week are included in the program.

For more information, contact Stephens at (606) 677-6000 or youth@centertech.com.

Since 1998, about 875 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 18 participating partner colleges and universities.