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Harlan County High School student Jerry “Blake” Blevins has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to represent Harlan County as a 2014 Rogers Scholar.

Blake, 16, a sophomore, will join 60 high school students from Southern and Eastern Kentucky this summer for the Rogers Scholars program on the campus of Lindsey Wilson College.

Rogers Scholars, the flagship youth program of The Center, is an intensive one-week summer program that provides leadership and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for students to build their skills as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.

“I hope to set an example and prove that you don’t have to leave home in order to be successful and happy, and that the best opportunities are all around you,” said Blake, who plans to pursue a career in business and law. “Not only is that a component of the Rogers Scholars’ mission, but being a Rogers Scholar will help me accomplish that goal.”

Blake is the son of Dan and Stephanie Mosley and Jerry and Nikki Blevins, of Harlan.

The Rogers Scholars program was created by U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers so that “no young person should have to leave home to find his or her future.”

“The program emphasizes the development of skills in fields like science, technology and health care, and instills in participants a sense of leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a commitment to rural Kentucky,” said Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator and community liaison for The Center. “We are proud to announce the 2014 Class of Rogers Scholars and look forward to working with each of these participants this summer at the 17th annual Rogers Scholars program.”

This year’s dates for the Rogers Scholars program are June 22-27 and July 6-11. Seventeen colleges and universities partner with The Center to offer exclusive college scholarship opportunities to Rogers Scholars graduates who successfully complete all of the program requirements.

For more information about Rogers Scholars, contact The Center at 606-677-6000, email or visit

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