Laurel County Students Graduate Center for Rural Development Youth Programs | Local News

Four Laurel County students graduated from the Rogers Scholars and Rogers Explorers programs over the summer hosted by the Center for Rural Development.

Rogers Fellows

South Laurel High School student Emily Cox graduated from the Rogers Scholars program at Morehead State University in July. Cox is the daughter of Todd and Rhianna Cox from London.

Rogers Scholars, the Center for Youth’s flagship program, was created out of the vision of US Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find their future. “.

The intensive week-long summer program provides valuable leadership skills and opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky counties to develop their skills as the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs 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.

In total, Laurel County had two representatives in the Rogers Scholars program. As reported earlier this summer, the program also took place at Lindsey Wilson College in June, which was attended by North Laurel High School student Peyton Smoot.

Every graduate of the Rogers Scholars program gets potential access to exclusive scholarship opportunities from some of the best colleges and universities in the state.

The 2022 application period now runs until January 31, 2022.

Rogers Explorers

Three students from Laurel County Middle School graduated from the Rogers Explorers program – Mia Wolf, Garrett Cassidy and Addison Baker. Rogers Explorers is a summer youth leadership program that takes place on five different college campuses across the Commonwealth.

Wolf, representing Brookview Academy, is the daughter of Phil and Julee Wolf of London. She completed the program at Union College. Upon graduation, representatives from the college announced that students would receive a scholarship offer of $ 2,000 upon graduation from high school.

Cassidy, son of Todd and Susan Cassidy of London, represented North Laurel Middle School. He completed the program at Asbury University.

Baker, daughter of Clayton and Kara Baker of Keavy, represented South Laurel Middle School. She completed the program at Morehead State University.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-year students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a keen interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

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 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 runs from December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022.

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, the community liaison and youth programs coordinator at the Center, at [email protected] or call 606-677-6019.

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