Harlan County students Bronwyn Haynes and Breanna Epperson graduated this summer 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 an experience of a lifetime,” said Haynes, 16, a student at Harlan Independent High School. “The people I have met and the great things I have learned have been a life-changing experience.”
“This experience has been one that I will always remember,” added Epperson, 16, a student at Harlan County High School. “I have learned how to apply leadership skills to my everyday life, whether it be in my community or personal life.”
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.”
Haynes is the daughter of Richard and Kateena Haynes, of Cumberland. Epperson is the daughter of April and Clarence Epperson, of Wallins Creek.
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.
Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.