South Kentucky RECC 20th Annual Golf Scramble Earns $18,000 to Benefit Rogers Scholars

The South Kentucky RECC 20th Annual Golf Scramble to benefit the Rogers Scholars Program was once again successful thanks to the generosity of its sponsors.

The event raised $18,000 for the Rogers Scholars Program, which started in 1998, and provides high school students from 45 counties in southern and eastern Kentucky with an intensive one-week summer session to help spark their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, and commitment to rural Kentucky, and in several cases leads to full scholarships to Kentucky colleges. Approximately 19 colleges and universities across the region have made scholarship opportunities of $8 million available for graduates of the Rogers Scholars program.

South Kentucky RECC Interim CEO Kevin Newton said it is a very positive aspect to help the young people of the area.

“We are very pleased to coordinate this effort, which helps provide scholarships that will allow students from this area an opportunity to attend the Rogers Scholars Program. This program was chosen as the beneficiary of the annual golf scramble, because it is such a good fit with what we try to do at South Kentucky RECC. Our mission includes a strong commitment to our communities, and the Rogers Scholars Program is attempting to give back to the community through the students that participate. We want every young person to have the opportunity to receive a post-secondary education in hopes that they will bring home the knowledge and experience they gain for the betterment of their communities.”

Newton added that the Rogers Scholars Program has become one of the greatest opportunities for students in our area to receive full or partial scholarships to Kentucky colleges.

Newton said South Kentucky RECC appreciates partnering with the following sponsors for this year’s scramble: Altec; Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield; Cintas Uniform Services; Citizens National Bank; Cumberland Lake Shell; Cumberland Security Bank; Cumberland Valley Electric; Davis H. Elliot Construction; Don Franklin Chevrolet; D. W. Wilburn, Inc. ; East Kentucky Power Cooperative; First National Bank of Russell Springs; Frei Mechanical; Goss-Samford, LLC; Kendall Vegetation Services; Kentucky Electric Cooperatives; Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital; McGriff Insurance Services; Modern Vending/Team Modern; Mountjoy,Chilton and Medley CPAs and Advisors; Phillips Tree Experts, Inc.; Red-Sun Homes; and United Cumberland Bank.

Newton emphasized that this event and this level of support for the Rogers Scholars Program would not be possible without the assistance of these partners, and South Kentucky RECC appreciates all their help.

For more information on the various youth programs through the Center for Rural Development, contact the office of Youth Programs and Community Liaison at 606-677-6000.

Golf Scramble
South Kentucky RECC Interim CEO Kevin Newton, center left, presents a check for $18,000 for The Rogers Scholars Program to Lonnie Lawson, CEO, The Center for Rural Development and Amy Ellis, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO for The Center for Rural Development, along with representatives of the golf scramble’s partners.