COLUMBIA – Allen Central High School student Shawna Holbrook has graduated from The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Scholars program.
Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to seize their full potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
“The Rogers Scholars program has been a life-changing event,” said Holbrook, a junior at Allen Central High School. “Rogers Scholars has opened my eyes to the need for community service and the importance of leadership throughout my community.”
Holbrook was selected by members of her graduating class to represent them as a Rogers Scholars Ambassador. Ambassadors continue to work with the program after graduation and plan special events and activities for Rogers Scholars graduates.
Sixty-four high school students from 45 Kentucky counties graduated this summer from the 2016 Class of Rogers Scholars. The program was held on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College in South Central Kentucky in Adair County.
“We had yet another outstanding class of Rogers Scholars to participate in the program this summer,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “I’m excited to see what happens over the next few years for these young people as they pursue other opportunities to seize their future.
“What’s so encouraging to see with these Rogers Scholars is that they come together for six days, from 45 counties, and form friendships that will last a lifetime,” he said. “I was amazed at the level of focus each of them has for wanting to return to their hometowns and make a positive impact for their community.”
Holbrook is the daughter of Eddie and Marie Martin-Holbrook of Eastern.
Since 1998, 1,120 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 17 participating colleges and universities.
For more information about the Rogers Scholars program, call youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000, email [email protected] or visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.