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The Center for Rural Development is accepting applications from rising high school juniors in Harlan County for Rogers Scholars program through Jan. 31

The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications from rising high school juniors in Harlan County for the 2013 summer sessions of the Rogers Scholars youth leadership program.

The program provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for high school students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to receive the skills needed to become the region’s next generation of leaders.

“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 youth programs coordinator Delaney Stephens. “Each graduate earns access to exclusive college scholarship offers from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities.”

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 bonds and friendships students make while at Rogers Scholars continue long after the week has ended,” said Stephens. “We have graduates all across Southern and Eastern Kentucky striving to make a difference in the lives of people in their home communities and in our region.”

Applicants may download a copy of the application form by visiting the Rogers Scholars website at www.rogersscholars.com. All application forms must be completed and mailed to The Center for Rural Development, 2292 S. Highway 27, Suite 300, Somerset, Ky., 42501, by Jan. 31, 2013.

The Rogers Scholars program is provided free of charge to participants. Lodging and meals for the week are included in the program.

For more information, contact Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator, at 606-677-6000 or email youth@centertech.com.

Since 1998, approximately 872 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been offered to graduates from 18 participating partner colleges and universities.

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.

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