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Cheatham, Loy, Wilson accepted to Rogers Scholars/Explorers

By Sharon Dodson

The Center for Rural Development has selected three Adair County students to particiapte in its summer leadership programs. ACHS Sophomore Ellie Cheatham was selected for the Rogers Scholars Program, and ACMS 8th graders J.T. Loy and Preston Wilson were selected for the 17th annual Rogers Explorers Program.

Rogers Scholars

Ellie Cheatham, a current sophomore at Adair County High School, will join high school students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky this summer for the 25th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program. She is the daughter of Bryan and Tiffany Cheatham, of Columbia.

Rogers Scholars, The Center's flagship youth 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."


The intensive one-week summer program provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in 45 Kentucky counties to build their skills as the region's next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

"The Center's Youth Programs are unique opportunities for our young leaders to explore what's next for them in education and through service to their communities," said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development. "The programs give them the tools they need in order to thrive in their personal goals and how to make an impact in Southern and Eastern Kentucky."

Each graduate of the Rogers Scholars Program earns potential access to exclusive 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.

The 2022 Rogers Scholars Program will take place on June 5-10 on the campus of Morehead State University and July 24-29 on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College. There is no tuition charge to attend the program and lodging and food is provided at no cost to participants.

Rogers Explorers

Two Adair County Middle School 8th graders were selected for the 17th annual Rogers Explorers Program - J.T. Loy and Preston Wilson. Loy is the son of Michael and Robin Loy, of Columbia. Wilson is the son of Jonathan and Ashley Wilson, of Columbia.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields of study.

Explorers is a three-day and two-night program on a leading Kentucky college campus where experts will guide them through hands-on assignments. The program is provided at no cost to eligible students within The Center's 45-county primary service area.

Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, and Union College.

For more information about The Center's youth programs, contact Allison Cross, community liaison and youth programs coordinator at The Center, at across@centertech.com or call 606-677-6000.

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.


This story was posted on 2022-05-04 16:45:31
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