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Cumberlands Partners with Center for Rural Development to Provide New Financial Aid Opportunities


Congressman Hal Rogers joined University of the Cumberlands President Jim Taylor and Center for Rural Development President and CEO Lonnie Lawson to make the scholarship announcement on Monday.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, University of the Cumberlands President Jim Taylor and Center for Rural Development President and CEO Lonnie Lawson joined to announce an exciting partnership that is providing new financial aid opportunities to some of Southern and Eastern Kentucky’s top high school students. University of the Cumberlands is partnering with The Center to provide 10 full tuition scholarships each year for Rogers Scholars program graduates who earn a score of 24 or better on the ACT and have at least a 3.0 GPA in high school.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this program because we know the quality of students a program like this attracts,” said Taylor. “The commonwealth is better served if we can keep our best and brightest young people in the area.”

The value of one-year, full tuition scholarship at Cumberland will be $13,658 for the 2006-2007 school year. The four-year value of a single scholarship exceeds over $54,000.

“I am pleased to join President Taylor in announcing these scholarships, which represent a significant investment in the future leaders of our region,” said Congressman Rogers. “The goal of the Rogers Scholars program is to challenge our students to use their skills and talents to make their communities and our region a better place. I could not be more pleased to see Cumberland rewarding the hard work of these bright young men and women by providing them with greater access to a quality education here in Kentucky.”

The Center for Rural Development President and CEO Lonnie Lawson added:

“I applaud President Taylor and the University of the Cumberlands for making a commitment to the youth of Southern and Eastern Kentucky through the Rogers Scholars scholarship program, as well as through their recent partnership with the Center as the site for the first ever Rogers Explorers program,” said Lawson. “The scholarships provided by the University of the Cumberlands will provide a great incentive for our youth to continue their education within the 42-county region we call home.”

The Rogers Scholars program, administered and hosted by The Center for Rural Development, was founded in 1998 by Congressman Harold “Hal” Rogers (KY-05) with the goal that “no young person will need to leave home to find his or her future.” This intensive one week summer session for rising high school juniors from 42 counties in Southern and Eastern Kentucky emphasizes technological skill development and fosters an entrepreneurial spirit, leadership skills and commitment to rural Kentucky. Rogers Scholars interact with state and national leaders and work with quality instructors to focus on leadership, technology, entrepreneurship and community service.

For additional information about the program, contact Jessica Melton at The Center for Rural Development at (606) 677-6183 or visit online at For more information about The Center, its programs and a calendar of events, visit

University of the Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts college in its 117th year of operation. Cumberlands offers four undergraduate degrees in 37 major fields of study, 30 minors and nine pre-professional programs, as well as online and accelerated, nontraditional programs for adults.