Perry County students Marryn Mobelini, Laken Walker, Vada Miller, and Katherine “Katie” Braswell 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.
Braswell, daughter of William and Lisa Braswell of Viper, was presented the Doug Reece Memorial Award for having the highest scoring application among the 34 applicants in the first graduating class of Rogers Scholars.
As an award recipient, she was presented a handcrafted mountain dulcimer and will receive a $250 college scholarship to any Kentucky college or university of her choice.
“Rogers Scholars has really broadened my horizons in terms of my full potential,” said Braswell, a junior at Letcher County Central High School. “I have been equipped with skills that will prepare me, not only for my education and career, but my life as well.”
Walker and Miller, both students at Perry County Central High School, agree the Rogers Scholars program has been “an experience of a lifetime.”
“I’ve made great friends and the program has broadened my horizons of what I would like to do with my career,” said Walker, daughter of Cristiana Rush-Walker and Amos Walker of Hazard. “It’s been a week that will definitely change my future.”
“The Rogers Scholars program has expanded my thinking and helped me know that I have the ability to be a leader,” added Miller, daughter of Jay and Sabrina Miller of Hazard. “I’m so excited to make a difference in my community by using the skills I’ve learned as a Rogers Scholar.”
Mobelini, daughter of Deronda and Donald “Happy” Mobelini of Hazard, said Rogers Scholars taught her the importance of teamwork and problem-solving skills.
“My experience as a 2016 Rogers Scholar has made me realize the situations that my community can improve upon,” said Mobelini, a junior at Hazard High School.
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.”
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.