Letcher County Central High School students Kennedy and Cassidy Breeding and Hayley Mchone were graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Class of Rogers Scholars.
The high school students attended a one-week summer session of Rogers Scholars held for the first time on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Adair County.
“The Rogers Scholars program has given me the tools and abilities to responsibly plan for my future,” said Kennedy Breeding, who attended with her sister, Cassidy. “This program also has enabled me to make life-long connections with fellow Scholars.”
“Rogers Scholars has had an extreme impact on my life,” added Mchone. “I have gained critical skills in leadership and community service. This has truly been an experience of a lifetime.”
The Rogers Scholars program provides leadership and college scholarship opportunities for rising high school juniors in southern and eastern Kentucky.
“This year’s class of Rogers Scholars is an exceptional group of young leaders,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “I have high hopes for all of them as they return to their hometowns in southern and eastern Kentucky. There is no limit on what these Scholars can do, and I look forward to seeing them develop into future business and civic leaders this region needs.”
Kennedy and Cassidy are the daughters of Dr. Van and Pauletta Breeding. Hayley is the daughter of Robin Mchone and Donald Mchone.
For more information about Rogers Scholars, contact Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator, at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech. com. Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more The Center’s youth programs.
The Rogers Scholars program is provided free of charge to selected participants within The Center’s 45-county primary service area and is operated solely on financial contributions and charitable donations.
The program, started in 1998, continues to pursue a goal set by U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”
Graduates of the Rogers Scholars program earn access to scholarship offers from 18 partner colleges and universities.