COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Nate Brock began to
experience college only halfway through his high school career.
Brock was one of 32 rising high school juniors from 27 Eastern and
Southcentral Kentucky counties who spent July 7-12 at Lindsey
Wilson College as part of the Rogers Scholars program.
Sponsored by the Somerset-based Center for Rural
Development, the weeklong program gives students a glimpse into
college life and introduces them to career possibilities in
engineering, medicine, business, media and communication.
"The Rogers Scholars program gives leadership and college
scholarship opportunities to help rising high school juniors
develop skills they need to seize their potential as the region's
next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders," said
Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator for The Center for
The July class was the second cohort of the summer
program. In June, 32 rising high school juniors from 22 Kentucky
counties spent a week at LWC.
During the intensive week-long program, Rogers Scholars
developed their leadership skills by working with LWC's L3
leadership team; received hands-on instructional training from
professional experts in engineering, healthcare and video
production; and interacted with several state leaders. They also
sharpened etiquette skills at a special dinner, and received
ballroom dancing instructions.
"The purpose of the program is to help develop skills in
leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service --
all areas that will help our region," Stephens said.
Anthony, who will be a junior this fall at Magoffin
County High School, said the week at LWC helped give him focus on
his career plans.
"It's been very good," he said. "It's given me some new
experiences with healthcare I didn't know about it before I came
Brock, who sampled courses in engineering, said he
"really enjoyed the things we learned -- especially the talks about
"I like it's philosophy because it's a way to live," he
said. "I came here open-minded, and I just wanted to learn new
things. I plan to take back to my community what I have learned
here and help make it a better place."
Samantha Estes of Lee County, who focused on health care
courses, said she had "an awesome experience."