Whitesburg KY

2013 Rogers Scholars are named

Hayley Mchone, Kennedy Breeding and Cassidy Breeding have been named 2013 Rogers Scholars and will be eligible to receive scholarship opportunities from 18 colleges and universities.

Mchone and the Breedings, all from Letcher County High School, were selected by The Center for Rural Development to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills as one of the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs at this summer’s Rogers Scholars program.

Rogers Scholars, an intensive one-week summer youth leadership program, brings together rising high school juniors from across southern and eastern Kentucky for an experience that past participants often describe as “life changing.”

Rogers Scholars — The Center’s flagship youth program — was built on a mission started by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”

Now in its 16th year, the Rogers Scholars program is planned, coordinated, and supervised by The Center and its staff. Many activities take place on the grounds of The Center in Somerset, Lindsey Wilson College and other sites in the Lake Cumberland region.

The first group of Scholars will attend June 23- 28 for the opening week session. The final summer session is planned for July 7-12. A total of 64 students will participate in this year’s program.

During the program, Scholars meet and hear presentations from some of the region’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs; complete a community service project; and receive professional, hands-on instruction from leading experts in one of three top in-demand careers: healthcare, engineering, and video production.

Students apply for the Rogers Scholars program during their sophomore year and attend the summer prior to the start of their junior year.

Since 1998, 872 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars. College scholarships valued at more than $7.5 million are available to program graduates.

The program, which is supported solely through financial contributions, fundraising events, and program sponsors, is provided free of charge to participants and their families.

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