The Center for Rural Development has selected eight students from Pike County to participate in its summer leadership programs.
This summer, two high school sophomores from Pike County will join students from southern and eastern Kentucky for the 25th annual Rogers Scholars Youth Leadership Program. Aneesh Sharma of Pikeville Independent is the son of Dr Sharma and Dr Sahasi of Pikeville. Elaina Tackett, of Shelby Valley High School, is the daughter of Sancha and Joe Tackett, of Jenkins.
Rogers Scholars, the Center’s flagship youth program, was created thanks to US Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers’ (KY-05) vision that “no young person should have to leave their homes to find their future. “.
Intensive, week-long summer program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities to high school students in 45 Kentucky counties to develop their skills as the next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders of the region.
“The Centre’s youth programs are unique opportunities for our young leaders to explore what awaits them in education and service to their communities,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of the Center for Rural Development. . “The programs give them the tools they need to thrive in their personal goals and how to make an impact in southern and eastern Kentucky.”
Every graduate of the Rogers Scholars program earns potential access to exclusive scholarship opportunities from some of the top-ranked colleges and universities in the state. To be eligible, students must complete a community service project in their hometown.
The 2022 Rogers Scholars Program will take place June 5-10 on the campus of Morehead State University and July 24-29 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. There are no tuition fees to attend the program and accommodation and food are provided free of charge to participants.
Four Grade 8 students from Pike County have been selected for the 17th annual Rogers Explorers program – De Belfry Middle School, Meredith Justice and Marielle Restar; from Dorton Elementary, Maggie Tackett; and from Pikeville Independent, Emily Werth.
Justice is the daughter of Kandi and Ray Justice, of South Williamson. Restar is the daughter of Mary and Lee Restar, of Forest Hills. Tackett is the daughter of Jessica and Barry Tackett, of Dorton. Werth is the daughter of Lori and Eric Werth, of Pikeville.
Rogers Explorers is open to eighth graders in southern and eastern Kentucky who want to develop skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). ).
Explorers is a three-day, two-night program at a premier college campus in Kentucky where experts will guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is offered free of charge to eligible students in the Central 45 counties main service area.
Rogers Explorers is presented by the Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands and Union College.
Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute
Two 9th grade students from Shelby Valley High School have been selected for the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute – Taylor Akers and Keira Newsom.
Akers is the granddaughter of Jo Shaffer, of Jenkins. Newsom is the daughter of Mike and Erika Newsom, of Pikeville.
ELI is a week-long summer leadership camp for student entrepreneurs. ELI provides high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky with an in-depth look at what it takes to start their own business – from developing ideas to building a model prototype of their business concept.
The Center for Rural Development partners with the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and Eastern Kentucky University to develop the program. During the camp, ELI’s business teams will participate in the Business Concept Challenge competition. Members of the winning team will receive a scholarship from EKU.
For more information about the Center’s youth programs, contact Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at the Center, at [email protected] or call (606) 677-6000.