Last updated: July 18. 2013 11:28PM -
Ira D. Combs
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A Hazard student has been named a 2013 Rogers Scholar and will be eligible to receive exclusive scholarship opportunities from 18 colleges and universities.


Ray Dixon, of Hazard High School, was selected by The Center for Rural Development to build his leadership and entrepreneurial skills 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.


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: health care, 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.


Dixon is the son of Victor and Johnette Gainer.

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