Applications are now open for the Center for Rural Development Rogers Fellowship Program 2023 | New

The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications from juniors in Southern and Eastern Kentucky for the 2023 Rogers Scholars Program.

Rogers Scholars – the Centre’s flagship youth program – is an intensive, week-long summer program that provides students with valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities to develop their skills as a future generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders in the region, according to a statement from the center.

“The Rogers Scholars program challenges students to consider all of the opportunities available to them and begin, if they haven’t already, to plan for their future, which will not only change their lives for forever, but will leave a lasting impact on our region,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development.

The program, the statement said, was established thanks to US Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers’ (KY-05) vision that “no young person should have to leave their homes to find their future.”

Applicants must be a sophomore in high school; live in a Kentucky county that is within the Central 45 county primary service area; have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service; and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).

To apply for a Rogers scholarship, visit and complete the application form. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2023.

“Rogers Scholars has opened my eyes to how many students, just like me, there are in the area,” said Ella Bussell, Rogers Scholars 2022 graduate. “The program brings together students who are passionate about their communities, enabling them to collaborate for the greater good of the state.”

The 2023 Rogers Scholars will be held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia and Morehead State University in Morehead. Dates have not been announced for the camps.

For more information about Rogers Scholars or the application process, contact Amy Ellis at [email protected] or call (606) 677-6000. The program is provided free of charge and open to students in the Central 45 counties main service area.

These Kentucky counties include Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence , Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.

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