Rogers Scholars program to accept donations

Staff Report

SOMERSET – The Rogers Scholars program — The Center for Rural Development’s flagship youth program — is one of hundreds of nonprofit organizations participating in Kentucky Gives Day on Monday, May 24.

Organized by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Kentucky Gives Day is an innovative online fundraising event that encourages Kentuckians to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities through a single website and in just 24-hours.

“The Rogers Scholars program is making a difference in the lives of young people in Southern and Eastern Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator for The Center. “The program is solely funded through donations and fundraising events we organize throughout the year. We are asking for your support as we kick off our fundraising campaign for the fourth annual Kentucky Gives Day.”

Beginning at midnight EST on May 24 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST, Kentuckians will go online to, connect with causes like Rogers Scholars and make a tax-deductible donation to support the important work of Kentucky charities. All online donations for Rogers Scholars between now and Kentucky Gives Day will go directly to support its mission.

“Rogers Scholars changed my life,” said 2012 Rogers Scholars graduate and University of Kentucky (UK) student Scotty Reams of London. “Without the program, I am confident I would not have had half the opportunities I’ve been able to experience.”

Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The program is provided tuition-free to participating students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.

For more information on Rogers Scholars or any of the other youth programs at The Center, visit or call 606-677-6000. To learn more about Kentucky Gives Day, visit or call 859-963-3203.

Staff Report

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