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Jessamine County student selected to attend leadership program

Angelica Sokalskaya of Jessamine County has been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars youth leadership program this summer.

Sokalskaya, a sophomore at East Jessamine County High School, will join high school students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky for a fun and exciting week of Rogers Scholars, a leadership training program held on the grounds of The Center.

She was chosen from a record 336 applicants to participate in the 2011 Rogers Scholars program, and will be eligible for exclusive scholarship offers from 15 participating colleges and universities in Kentucky and Tennessee.

The Center has invited rising high school juniors from within its 42-county primary service area to grow their leadership and entrepreneurial skills this summer as Rogers Scholars and region’s future leaders.

“The Center believes in giving young people in our region the chance to receive leadership and scholarship opportunities so they can seize their potential and become effective, skilled leaders,” Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, said. “It is our goal that many of these students will return to Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their careers and transform this region for years to come.”

Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—emphasizes the development of technological skills and builds in participants a sense of leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky.

The first group of Rogers Scholars will be at The Center June 26-July 1 for the opening week session. The final summer session is planned for July 10-15.

Since 1998, approximately 734 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars, and potential scholarships valued at more than $7.2 million have been awarded to graduates from the participating partner colleges and universities. That list grew to 15 last fall with the addition of the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.

The program, provided at no cost to participants, is named after U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers, (KY-05), whose vision that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future” became the mission behind Rogers Scholars.

Sokalskaya is the daughter of Svetlana Sokalskaya of Nicholasville.

“We are looking forward to meeting the 2011 Class of Rogers Scholars and working with each participant to develop his or her full potential as the region’s next generation of future leaders and entrepreneurs,” Youth Programs Coordinator Lauren Hayes said.

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 42-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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