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The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications through Jan. 31 for the 2014 summer session of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer program for upcoming high school juniors within The Center’s 45-county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. The program emphasizes the development of technological skills and builds in participants a sense of leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky.

“Rogers Scholars changed my life,” said 2013 Rogers Scholars graduate Rachyl Harmon. “I’ve made life-long friends, wonderful memories, and an experience I won’t forget. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

Students apply during their sophomore year in high school and are selected through a competitive screening process to attend one of two summer leadership sessions of the Rogers Scholars program.

“The Rogers Scholars program gives high school students an experience of a lifetime to grow their leadership skills, while also securing scholarships for college,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “Each graduate earns access to exclusive college scholarship offers from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities.”

Applicants may download a copy of the 2014 Rogers Scholars application form from the Youth Programs at The Center for Rural Development website at www.centeryouthprograms.com. All application forms must be completed and submitted to The Center by Jan. 31.

The Center strongly encourages applicants to email their application forms and supporting materials to youth@centertech.com. Applications may also be mailed to the Rogers Scholars program, The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, Ky., 42501.

The 2014 dates for the Rogers Scholars program are June 22-27 and July 6-11. Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is provided free of charge to participants. Lodging and meals for the week are included in the program.

For more information on the application process or the Rogers Scholars program, contact Delaney Stephens at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech.com.

Since 1998, approximately 936 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 partner colleges and universities.

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