The Rogers Foundation Awards $2 Million Dollars in College Scholarships
On Saturday, April 21, The Rogers Foundation awarded 38 Clark County School District high school seniors with more than two million dollars in college scholarships. While some of the students knew they had won something, most were surprised by the amounts when they were revealed at a special banquet and ceremony held for the students and their families at the Industrial Event Space. For the first time ever, in a surprise move, The Rogers Foundation awarded two of the top $100,000 Rogers Foundation Achievers Scholarships. They also awarded two additional $20,000 scholarships and two additional full-ride scholarships to Kentucky Wesleyan. “It’s never happened before but this year there was a tie for the top award of $100,000,” said Beverly Rogers, Chairman of the Board, The Rogers Foundation. “These two students were both so remarkable that we knew we had to award each of them the full amount. We are thrilled to be able to assist all these students who have worked so hard throughout their academic lives so far. We know they are going to do amazing things.” After reading through hundreds of applications, The Rogers Foundation narrowed the pool down and called dozens of students in for interviews. After committee discussions, 38 students were selected. The scholarships were broken up into three categories:
The Rogers Foundation Achievers
With the addition of three extra scholarships, a total of 14 Rogers Foundation Achievers scholarships were awarded. Recipients have the opportunity to use their scholarships at any college or university in the country. Of the 14, seven students received $20,000 scholarships, five received $40,000 scholarships and two received the $100,000 scholarship. The scholarship amount is divided over the course of the four years.
Kentucky Wesleyan Rogers’ Fellows
A total of 14 Rogers’ Fellows scholarships were awarded. Recipients will have all college expenses paid for at Kentucky Wesleyan College, an institution close to The Rogers Foundation, and the alma mater of many in the Rogers family. Over the coming years, The Rogers Foundation will provide $10,000,000 in total to cultivate a community of Southern Nevada scholars at Kentucky Wesleyan College.
Books and Supplies Allowance (BASA)
New this year, The Rogers Foundation-Chapman Dodge Book and Supplies Allowance. This is a one-time $500 award that may be used by the recipient for books and or supplies at any institution of higher education. 10 BASA scholarships were awarded. The Rogers Foundation plans to continue awarding college scholarships every year and announced that in 2019, they will introduce a Rogers Foundation Alumni Association to keep all scholarship recipients connected and provide a networking resource as they pursue their careers. Details on next year’s scholarship application process will be available in the coming months.