High school students Danielle Saylor and Braydan Roark graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2015 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 potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
“Participating in the Rogers Scholars program has truly been an experience of a lifetime,” said Saylor, 16, a student at Gateway Christian High School in Bell County. “I have learned the importance of leadership, community service, entrepreneurship, and technology, while also making friends that will last a lifetime.”
“Rogers Scholars was a great experience,” added Roark, 17, who lives in Bell County and attends high school in Harlan County. “The program has helped me grow as a person, entrepreneur, and community member.”
Sixty-three high school students from 45 Kentucky counties graduated this summer from the 2015 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.”
Danielle is the daughter of Dannie and Tonja Saylor, of Wallins Creek in Harlan County. Braydan is the son of Brent and Kristina Roark, of Pineville.
Since 1998, 1,056 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.
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.