2 Boyd students will be Rogers Scholars

Apr. 29—ASHLAND — The Center for Rural Development has selected Boyd County students Lilah Thornbury and Taylor Culp to attend the 2024 Rogers Scholars Youth Leadership Program.

Thornbury is the daughter of Shawn and Julie Thornbury of Ashland. Culp is the daughter of Tyler and Michelle Culp of Catlettsburg.

The sophomores will join 100 high school students from 45 Kentucky counties this summer for the 27th annual Rogers Scholars Program. This is a record number of students and the largest class to ever attend the program.

Rogers Scholars — The Center for Rural Development's flagship youth program — is an intensive one-week summer program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for rising high school juniors in southern and eastern Kentucky to build their skills as the region's next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.

"For the first time in the history of the program, we are expanding Rogers Scholars to give more young people in our region a chance to share in this amazing experience," President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development Lonnie Lawson said. "We have invited 100 of the best and brightest minds to come together this summer to strengthen their leadership and entrepreneurial skills, plan for their futures, and a develop a passion for community service."

The 2024 Rogers Scholars Programs will be on the campuses of Lindsey Wilson College June 23-28 and Morehead State University July 7-12. Graduation will be at The Center for Rural Development in Somerset. There is no tuition charge to attend. All lodging, meals, and program expenses (except for transportation to and from the program) are offered at no cost to the student.

The program is open to current high school sophomores in 45 counties of southern and eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service. Students must live in a county within the center's primary service area to apply for Rogers Scholars.

For more information, email Amber Decker at adecker@centertech.com or Amy Ellis at aellis@centertech.com, or visit centeryouthprograms.com or call (606) 677-6000.