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Eligibility/Selection Criteria/Dates


To be eligible to apply, the student must:

  • Be a current eighth-grader located within The Center’s 45-county service area. The forty-five county service area consists of the following Kentucky counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
  • Have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4-point scale).  If your GPA is less than 3.0, you may submit a letter from your guidance counselor explaining any special circumstances that may have affected your GPA and/or why you should be considered for the Rogers Explorers program regardless of your GPA.

Selection Process:

A total of 150 students from The Center’s 45-county service area will be selected for the program each year – 30 students each participating on the campuses of University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, and The Center’s newest partner, Asbury University.

A selection committee consisting of staff from The Center for Rural Development will be established.  In order to ensure fairness, applications will be blinded and applicant names removed prior to distributing copies to the selection committee.  The committee will review and score all of the applications according to the criteria and point values established for each section.  The top two applicants with the highest scores in each county will be selected as that county’s representatives.  After those 90 selections are made, the highest 60 scores of the remaining applicants will also be selected as Rogers Explorers.  As a result, some counties will have more than two representatives.

All applicants remaining after the first 150 selections will be considered as alternates and will be ranked from the highest to lowest score.  If a selected Explorer is unable to attend the program, alternates will be contacted in order of their rank until the open spot is filled.  For this reason, all applicants are encouraged to keep the program dates and the possibility of selection in mind as they make their plans for the summer.