Wayne County High School student Emma Carter graduated this summer from The Center for
Rural Development’s 2019 Rogers Scholars program.
Rogers Scholars—The Center’s flagship youth program—is an intensive one-week summer
program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities
for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to help seize their potential as the
region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
The program was established through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers
(KY-05) that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”
Carter attended the first of two summer sessions of the Rogers Scholars program held June 9-
14 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.
“We have had another incredible year with the Rogers Scholars program. Students from
throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky have come together to build their leadership and
entrepreneurial skills and focus on community service to make their communities, and this
region, a better place to live,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural
Development. “I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this talented young group of
Carter is the daughter of Shannon Carter and Kellie Carter of Monticello.
Sixty-five high school students from 45 Kentucky counties were selected to attend the 2019
Class of Rogers Scholars. Each graduate earns potential access to exclusive college
scholarship opportunities from some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities. To be
eligible, students must complete a community service project in their hometown within one year
after completing the Rogers Scholars program.
There is no tuition charge to attend Rogers Scholars and lodging and food are provided at no
cost to participants.
For more information about the Rogers Scholars program, contact Allison Cross, Community
Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator at The Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 606-
677-6019. Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com to learn more about the program.
Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development,
and Allison Cross, Community Liaison and Youth Programs Coordinator for The Center, present
2019 Rogers Scholars graduate Emma Carter with a certificate for completing the program. She
is a junior at Wayne County High School.