Rogers Explorers deadline is at the end of this month

With the application deadline approaching, The Center for Rural Development in Somerset is again reminding Russell County Middle School 8th grade students and their parents and guardians that they can now apply for the 2023 Rogers Explorers Program.

Rogers Explorers is an intensive three-day, two-night program held on a leading Kentucky college campus for middle school students who are interested in developing their skills in leadership, team building, community service, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields of study.

Students attend Rogers Explorers after they graduate middle school the summer before they start their freshman year in high school.

Rogers Explorers is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, University of the Cumberlands, and Union College.

To apply, students must be a current eighth-grader; live in a county located in The Center’s 45-county primary service area; have a strong interest in developing skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service; and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (on a four-point scale).

To fill out an application for the 2023 Rogers Explorers Program, visit The deadline to apply is Feb. 28, 2023. There is no cost for students or their families to attend Rogers Explorers. For more information about Rogers Explorers or questions about the application process, contact Amy Ellis at or call 606-677-6000.