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WILMORE, Ky. — Asbury University announced recently that Rogers Scholars — graduates of a youth leadership program run by The Center for Rural Development — are now eligible for a scholarship to attend Asbury.

Asbury University President Sandra Gray announced a scholarship for graduates of the Rogers Scholars program with U.S. Congressman Harold Rogers (left) and Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center for Rural Development.“It is an honor for us to partner with The Center for Rural Development to help further the higher education of our high-school juniors of Eastern Kentucky,” said Asbury President Sandra C. Gray. “We see Rogers Scholarships as a great means to assist young Kentuckians to build character and earning potential to better themselves and our commonwealth.”

The Center for Rural Development is a non-profit organization based in Somerset, Ky., seeking to stimulate economic development and improved quality of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Its programs focus on leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture.

The Rogers Scholars program, an intensive one-week summer session, provides leadership and scholarship opportunities for rising high-school juniors within The Center’s 45-county primary service area. The program encourages high-school students to return to the region after graduating from college to build their careers.

Gray joined U.S. Congressman Harold Rogers, who helped establish The Center in 1996, and Lonnie Lawson, president and CEO of The Center, in Somerset to announce the new partnership. The scholarship is a 20-percent discount on tuition at Asbury.