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Emma Bates is Rogers Scholar grad

Lonnie Lawson, right, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, and Allison Cross, left, youth programs coordinator for The Center, present 2019 Rogers Scholars graduate Emma Bates with a certificate for completing the program. She is a junior at Letcher County Central High School.

Lonnie Lawson, right, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, and Allison Cross, left, youth programs coordinator for The Center, present 2019 Rogers Scholars graduate Emma Bates with a certificate for completing the program. She is a junior at Letcher County Central High School.

Letcher County Central High School student Emma Bates graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Scholars program.

Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to help seize their potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

The program was established through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”

Bates attended the second summer session of the Rogers Scholars program held July 14-19 on the campus of Morehead State University.

Bates is the daughter of Dionne Michelle Bates and Danny Allen Bates II of Blackey.

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