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Two attend Rogers Scholars program




Lonnie Lawson (left), president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, and Delaney Stephens (right), youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center, present 2016 Rogers Scholar graduate Brooke Sauer with a certificate for completing the program. Sauer, 16, is a student at Letcher County Central High School.

Lonnie Lawson (left), president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, and Delaney Stephens (right), youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center, present 2016 Rogers Scholar graduate Brooke Sauer with a certificate for completing the program. Sauer, 16, is a student at Letcher County Central High School.

Letcher County Central High School students Brooke Saurer and Katherine “Katie” Braswell were graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Scholars program.

Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides leadership skills and college scholarship opportunities for high school students in southern and eastern Kentucky.

“The Rogers Scholars program validated all of my hard work and efforts,” said Saurer, a junior at Letcher County Central High School. “This opportunity will help me be an instrumental part of the rejuvenation of my community.”

“Rogers Scholars has really broadened my horizons in terms of my full potential,” added Braswell. “I have been equipped with skills that will prepare me, not only for my education and career, but my life as well.”

Braswell, a junior at Letcher County Central High School, received the Doug Reece Memorial Award for having the highest scoring application among the 34 applicants in the first graduating class of Rogers Scholars.

Letcher County Central High School student Katherine “Katie Braswell, 16, is the winner of the Doug Reece Memorial Award as a Rogers Scholar student at The Center for Rural Development. She was presented with a dulcimer by Lonnie Lawson (left), president and CEO of The Center, and Delaney Stephens (right), youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center.

Letcher County Central High School student Katherine “Katie Braswell, 16, is the winner of the Doug Reece Memorial Award as a Rogers Scholar student at The Center for Rural Development. She was presented with a dulcimer by Lonnie Lawson (left), president and CEO of The Center, and Delaney Stephens (right), youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center.

As an award recipient, she was presented a handcrafted mountain dulcimer and will receive a $250 college scholarship to any Kentucky college or university of her choice.

Sixty-four high school students from 45 Kentucky counties were graduated this summer from the 2016 Class of Rogers Scholars. The program was held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in southcentral Kentucky in Adair County.

“We had yet another outstanding class of Rogers Scholars to participate in the program this summer,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “I’m excited to see what happens over the next few years for these young people as they pursue other opportunities to seize their future.

Saurer is the daughter of James and Valerie Saurer of Partridge. Braswell is the daughter of William and Lisa Braswell of Viper.

Since 1998, 1,120 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 17 participating colleges and universities.

For more information about the Rogers Scholars program, call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000, email youth@centertech.com or visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.


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