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Adair Countians Rikki Neat, Riley Grant 2013 Rogers Scholars

Rikki Neat and Riley Grant of Adair County have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development's 2013 Rogers Scholars summer youth leadership program. Rikki is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Neat. Riley is the son of Anthony and Keena Grant.

Arrissa K. Sturgill
News from the Center for Rural Development

Rikki Neat and Riley Grant have been named 2013 Rogers Scholars and will be eligible to receive exclusive scholarship opportunities from 18 colleges and universities.

Neat and Grant, students at Adair County High School, were selected by The Center for Rural Development to build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills as two of the region's next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs at this summer's Rogers Scholars program.

Rogers Scholars, an intensive one-week summer youth leadership program, brings together rising high school juniors from across Southern and Eastern Kentucky for a one-of-a-kind experience that past participants often describe as "life changing."

"The Center believes in giving young people in our region a chance to receive leadership and entrepreneurship training, as well as scholarship opportunities so they can seize their potential to become effective, skilled leaders," Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center, said. "It is our goal that most of these students will return to Southern and Eastern Kentucky to build their careers and transform this region for years to come."

Rogers Scholars--The Center's flagship youth program--was built on a mission started by U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) that "no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future."

Now in its 16th year, the Rogers Scholars program is planned, coordinated, and supervised entirely by The Center and its staff. Many activities take place on the grounds of The Center in Somerset, Lindsey Wilson College and other sites in the Lake Cumberland region.

"The program emphasizes the development of technological skills and builds in participants a sense of leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky," Delaney Stephens, Youth Programs Coordinator and Community Liaison for The Center, said.

"We are looking forward to meeting the 2013 Class of Rogers Scholars and working with each participant to develop his or her leadership skills," Stephens added.

The first group of Scholars will attend June 23- 28 for the opening week session. The final summer session is planned for July 7-12. A total of 64 students will participate in this year's program.

During the program, Scholars get to meet and hear presentations from some of the region's top business leaders and entrepreneurs; complete a community service project; and receive professional, hands-on instruction from leading experts in one of three top in-demand careers: healthcare, engineering, and video production.

Students apply for the Rogers Scholars program during their sophomore year and attend the summer prior to the start of their junior year.

Since 1998, 872 high school students have graduated from Rogers Scholars. College scholarships valued at more than $7.5 million are available to program graduates.

The program, which is supported solely through financial contributions, fundraising events, and program sponsors, is provided free of charge to participants and their families.

Rikki is the daughter of Richard and Lisa Neat. Riley is the son of Anthony and Keena Grant.

This story was posted on 2013-05-17 14:32:15
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