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Eligibility/Selection Criteria/Dates

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, the student must:

  • Be a high school freshman, sophomore or junior at a high school located within the 45-county service area of The Center for Rural Development. The forty-five county service area consists of the following Kentucky counties: Adair, Bath, Bell, Boyd, Breathitt, Carter, Casey, Clay, Clinton, Cumberland, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Garrard, Green, Harlan, Jackson, Jessamine, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Laurel, Lawrence, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Lincoln, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Metcalfe, Monroe, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike, Pulaski, Rockcastle, Rowan, Russell, Taylor, Wayne, Whitley and Wolfe.
  • Have a demonstrated interest in business, leadership and entrepreneurship.
  • Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4 point scale).

Selection Process

A total of 30 students from The Center’s 45-county service area will be selected for the program each year. 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 30 applicants with the highest score will be selected to attend the program. All applicants remaining after the first 30 selections will be considered as alternates and will be ranked from the highest to lowest score.  If a selected student 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. 

Check back soon for the 2015-2016 Application!