Three Perry County students graduated from Youth Programs at the Center for Rural Development this summer.
Sydney Miller, a student at Perry County Central High School, graduated from the Rogers Scholars program at Morehead State University in July. Miller is the daughter of Teresa and Jon Miller of Hazard.
Rogers Scholars, the Center for Youth’s flagship program, was created through the vision of US Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05). The intensive week-long summer program provides valuable leadership skills and opportunities for high school students in 45 counties across Kentucky to develop their skills as the next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders in the region.
“The Rogers Scholars Program challenges students to consider all the possibilities available to them and aims to set them on the path to success from an early age while helping to create well-rounded individuals who will continue to change. this region forever, ”said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of the Center.
Every graduate of the Rogers Scholars program gets potential access to exclusive scholarship opportunities from some of the state’s top colleges and universities.
The 2022 application period is from November 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022.
Summer Lawson, a student at East Perry Elementary School, is a graduate of the Rogers Explorers program. Lawson is the daughter of Cora Lawson of Hazard. She completed the program at Morehead State University.
Rogers Explorers is a youth leadership summer program that takes place on five different college campuses across the Commonwealth. Rogers Explorers is a three-day, two-night program at a premier Kentucky college campus, where experts guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is offered free of charge to eligible students in the main service area of the center of 45 counties. Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-year students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Rogers Explorers is presented by the Center in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University and Union College.
The 2022 application period is from December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute (ELI)
Kenzie Roark, students of Perry County Central High School, graduated from the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute in July. She is the daughter of Kenneth and Billie Roark, of Vicco.
ELI is a one-week leadership summer camp for student entrepreneurs. ELI gives high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky an in-depth look at what it takes to start their own business – from developing ideas to building a prototype model of their business concept. .
The Center for Rural Development is partnering with the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program. During the camp, ELI’s sales teams took part in the Business Concept Challenge competition. Members of the winning team won a $ 16,000 scholarship from EKU.
The Centre’s youth programs are made possible by 2021 sponsors: TTAI of Somerset, South Kentucky RECC, Conley Bottom Resort, Outdoor Venture, Community Trust Bank of Somerset, First and Farmers Bank of Somerset, Kentucky Utilities, Lincoln Manufacturing, Forcht Bank of Somerset, and Vaughn and Melton of Middlesboro.
For more information on the Centre’s youth programs, contact Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at the Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (606) 677-6019.