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Bonnie Dyer

Counselor, Herald Whitaker Middle School Last Updated: 12/4/2019 6:35 PM

Youth Program

Just a friendly reminder to all eligible eighth graders about the Rogers Explorers program. This is a great opportunity for students interested in Leadership, Math & Science, and Community Service. Christmas Break is a good time for students to get caught up, or start, on the application process.  
General Details:

  • Application deadline is Friday, February 7. All materials must be submitted on the online application portal by midnight.
  • A total of 210 students from The Center’s 45-county service area will be selected for the program – 30 students each participating on the campuses of Asbury University, University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, University of Pikeville, and Union College.

    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 120 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 210 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.

If selected, the student will spend 2 nights and 3 days on one of seven college/university campuses. Current partners include Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Asbury University, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, University of Pikeville, and Union College.


Welcome to the 2020 Rogers Explorers Program Application Homepage! Please read this entire page. Before you move forward, you need to complete the checklist below. If you do not complete the checklist prior to filling out the application, you will have issues. The application is an online form that CANNOT BE SAVED! The application page times out after a certain amount of time which may vary depending on the browser you are using. In order to prevent data loss, have everything completed in a word document and be prepared to fill out the application in one sitting.

Please complete the following checklist prior to clicking on the application. Download Application Checklist Here

  • Personal Information – name, gender, date of birth, shirt size, email address, two phone numbers, county of residence, address, parent’s names, parent’s email address, school name, county of school, and preferred camp date:
      • May 31-June 2, 2020 at Eastern Kentucky University
      • June 3-5, 2020 at Morehead State University
      • June 16-18, 2020 at University of the Cumberlands
      • June 29-July 1, 2020 at Lindsey Wilson College
      • July 7-9, 2020 at University of Pikeville
      • July 12-14, 2020 at Asbury University
      • July 15-17, 2020 at Union College
      • No Preference
  • Extracurricular Activities (30 Points) – Extracurricular activities are defined as school-related activities that you are part of in addition to your regular classroom work. This includes school sponsored clubs, organizations, associations, programs, and athletic teams. This part is broken down into three categories: Leadership, Technology, & Science and Math. You cannot list more than 10 items in each category.
    • Leadership-related activities (10 Items maximum)
    • Technology-related activities (10 Items maximum)
    • Science and Math-related activities (10 Items maximum)
  • Community Service (25 Points) – Community service activities are defined as those activities that involve your time and volunteer efforts for a community-related group or project. This includes time you put into helping civic organizations, doing community-related church activities, working as a volunteer, or contributing to other community-minded activities. If you have a leadership position or role in any of the activities, please describe that position/role. Paid positions of employment are NOT considered community service activities.
    • School Related (12 items maximum)
    • Non-School Related (12 items maximum)
  • Essay (35 Points) – Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are essential in our everyday life. The Rogers Explorers program was created as a way to introduce students to college level curriculum in STEM fields. What STEM careers do you think will make an impact in Southern and Eastern Kentucky? Download Grading Rubric Here
  • Transcript and GPA (10 Points) – Your official academic transcript including your counselor’s contact information and your unweighted GPA.
  • Letters of Recommendation – You need 3 letters of recommendation. Two letters HAVE to come from your school district. One letter HAS to come from a member of the community. The letter writer cannot be someone you are related to. While the letters have no point value, you will be deducted 5 points per missing letter.
  • Parental Consent – You must have parental consent in order to fill out the application.Once you have checked off all of the previous items, you are ready to fill out the application. The application will be available on December 1, 2019 and will close on February 7th at midnight.
Herald Whitaker Middle School
315 Hornet Dr.
Salyersville, KY 41465
Phone:(606) 349-5190  Fax:(606) 349-5139