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Dr. Luckey extends major scholarship offer to Rogers Scholars

Lindsey Wilson College president visits Rogers Scholars at The Center, outlines exclusive full-tuition scholarship offer available to graduates of the youth program. Scholarships have total value of approximately $85,000 each
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By Sharon Dodson
News from The Center for Rural Development

It's not every day the president of a leading Kentucky college offers a full-tuition college scholarship to high school students with two years remaining until graduation.

But that is exactly what Dr. William T. Luckey, president of Lindsey Wilson College, did as he spoke July 14 to the second summer 2010 session of The Center for Rural Development's prestigious Rogers Scholars youth program.

"I am so convinced that you have greatness within you ... that I am here today to offer a full-tuition college scholarship to every single one of you," Luckey told the 37 members of Rogers Scholars class currently at The Center for the one-week leadership camp.

The 36 members of The Center's first summer 2010 session of Rogers Scholars, who graduated July 2, are also eligible for the scholarship offer.

Speaking at a luncheon meeting before Rogers Scholars and The Center's staff, Luckey made this incredible offer to some of the best and brightest students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky selected by The Center as 2010 Rogers Scholars.

A one-year, full-tuition scholarship to Lindsey Wilson College, located in South Central Kentucky in Columbia, is valued at $18,720.

Accounting for an anticipated four percent increase in college tuition between now and when Rogers Scholar graduates complete their high school education, Luckey said that same college scholarship will increase in value to around $21,000 or more.

Over the next four years, the total value of the scholarship offer will reach close to $85,000 for college education for each Rogers Scholars graduate willing to take Luckey up on his offer.

"That's not a bad week's work for you to come here and be a part of this program," he said.

Luckey, who became the eighth president of Lindsey Wilson College in 1998, challenged Rogers Scholars to continue to push themselves, not only to be the best, but to seek a higher level--to be "great"--in everything they do in life.

"You are a rising star," he said. "You are a future leader in your home county, your school, your community, and in your family. One thing is certain: There is greatness within you."

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

Each graduate will also receive an offer of a college scholarship from 14 participating colleges and universities in Kentucky, and one university in Tennessee.

During the two week-long summer sessions, 73 high school students from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky have had the opportunity to experience Rogers Scholars and grow their leadership and entrepreneurial skills as the region's next generation of leaders.

The Class of 2010 has been the largest in the history of the 12-year-program.

This story was posted on 2010-07-17 12:57:46
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Dr. Luckey announces full-tuition
scholarships for Rogers Scholars

2010-07-17 - Photo by Sharon Dodson. 2292 South Highway 27, Somerset, KY
Dr. William T. Luckey, second from left, president of Lindsey Wilson College, took some time following his presentation to meet each of the Rogers Scholars. Callie Hall of Wolfe County shakes Luckeys hand while Rogers Scholars Olivia Brown of Pulaski County and Lauren Little of Leslie County wait in line to greet the college president. Standing nearby at left is Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center. Luckey, who spoke to the second class of Rogers Scholars on July 14, 2010, at The Center in Somerset, announced Lindsey Wilson College will offer all 73 graduates of Rogers Scholars program a full-tuition scholarship to the four-year liberal arts college, located in at Columbia, KY.

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