Six Jessamine County students graduate from The Center for Rural Development’s youth programs

Published 9:00 am Friday, September 2, 2022

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Six students from Jessamine County graduated The Center for Rural Development’s youth programs this summer.

Talley Price, a student at West Jessamine High School, graduated the 25th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program. She is the daughter of Jason and Charity Price, of Wilmore.

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Rogers Scholars, the center’s flagship youth program, was established through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.” The camp focuses on honing skills in leadership, team building, entrepreneurship, civic engagement, community service, and students participate in different career pathway majors.

The center hosted two camps of Rogers Scholars at Morehead State Universit and Lindsey Wilson College. Sixty-eight students graduated the program.

As a graduate of the program, students earn potential access to exclusive scholarships at some of the state’s top-ranked colleges and universities. In order to complete their eligibility, students have to organize their own community service project in their hometown.

“Every summer we are impressed and inspired by the students who graduate from the program,” said Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development. “They are focused on their future and passionate about the communities in which they live. These are the students who, in the future, will be leading our communities, our schools, our businesses, and our government. They give us hope for a better Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”

Rogers scholars, along with The Center’s other youth programs, are provided tuition-free. Lodging and food are provided at no cost to participants. The application period for the 2023 Rogers Scholars Program will run from October 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023.

Rogers Explorers

Five students from Jessamine County graduated from the Rogers Explorers Program: from West Jessamine Middle School, Piper Stevens, Conall Sharp, and Clive Campbell; from East Jessamine Middle School, Sloan Evans and Norah Fitzpatrick.

Stevens is the daughter of Wayne and Molly Stevens, of Nicholasville; Sharp is the son of James and Kirsten Sharp, of Nicholasville; Campbell is the son of Timothy and Jennifer Campbell, of Wilmore; Evans is the daughter of Shannon and Matt Evans, of Nicholasville; Fitzpatrick is the daughter of Eileen and Brendan Fitzpatrick, of Nicholasville.

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 six different college campuses: Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, and Union College.

The application period for the 2023 Rogers Explorers Program will run from November 1, 2022 to February 28, 2023.

For more information about The Center’s youth programs, contact Amy Ellis at The Center at or call 606-677-6000. To apply for any of The Center’s youth programs, visit