Kentucky Wesleyan College has joined forces with the Rogers Foundation to award over $10 million in scholarships over the next decade to college-bound residents of Southern Nevada.
At least 12 Rogers’ Fellows Scholarships will be offered annually to graduating seniors of the Clark County (Nevada) School District, who wish to attend Kentucky Wesleyan. The scholarship will cover the full cost of tuition, fees and room and board. Each award recipient will receive the scholarship for up to four full years of study.
The Rogers Foundation, a 501(c)(3), public educational non-profit, whose motto is “transforming lives through arts and education,” was started in 2013 by Jim Rogers and his wife Beverly, of Las Vegas.
Jim’s connection with Kentucky Wesleyan goes back a long way. Rogers Hall on campus was named after Jim’s mother, who was a ’36 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan. His father was a ’37 graduate. Jim and Beverly made a $500,000 donation to the college, and Jim spoke at the 2001 commencement, where he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Law degree.
“Kentucky Wesleyan College is humbled and honored to have been chosen by Jim and Beverly Rogers and The Rogers Foundation as an education partner,” said Barton D. Darrell, president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, who has been in communication with the foundation for the past six months. “They are committed to higher education in Nevada and basically told us ‘we want what you’re doing at Wesleyan for our people.’ Not only is it great for those students, but it’s also great for Owensboro and Daviess County because that’s $10million of outside revenue coming into our local economy.”
“We have been watching Kentucky Wesleyan, and we now know what Jim Rogers saw,” said Rory Reid, President and COO of The Rogers Foundation. “Kentucky Wesleyan is delivering an incredible education, the life skills, and the values that are the keys to success. We want that for as many young Nevadans as possible.”
The Rogers’ Fellows applicants must first apply to Kentucky Wesleyan College and be accepted to be eligible for scholarships. Awarded funds will be distributed to students through the Kentucky Wesleyan College Financial Aid Department.