Nikole Makenna Lee has been named a 2017 Rogers Scholar, one of only two students chosen for the honor at Letcher County Central High School.
The program was developed by the Hal Rogers Center for Rural Development and provides scholarship opportunities to southern and eastern Kentucky high school juniors. It focuses on leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. Winners are chosen through essays, community leader and teacher referrals, academic performance and community service.
Lee attended a weeklong camp held on the campus of Lindsay Wilson Community College in Columbia in July where she received training from experts in engineering, healthcare and video production, and interacted with nationally recognized business leaders and entrepreneurs.
She was a 2016 University of Kentucky Robinson Leader, a scholarship program which can offer a full four-year scholarship at UK. The program focuses on first-generation college graduates. She was also chosen as a 2015 Rogers Explorer, a program of the Center for Rural Development.
A junior at LCCHS, Lee is an honor student, a flutist in the school band, a member of the Future Problem Solving Team, and a member of the National Honor Society. Her parents are Elbert and Tammy Lee of Colson, and she has a brother, Zach.