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Foundation offers host of scholarships for Southern Nevada students

Updated January 15, 2018 - 9:34 am

Even with a well-known name, the Rogers Foundation can struggle to attract high school seniors to apply for its numerous college scholarships.

That’s why the foundation is pushing to remind students they have until Feb. 2 to apply.

“They know who we are, but they forget about it by the time they’re a senior,” said Michelle Sanders, the Rogers Foundation’s grants and scholarships director. “That’s why I make an effort to go out to the schools personally and have conversations with students.”

Eleven Rogers Achievers Scholarships, ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 per year for four years, will be awarded.

This year, because of how well students have been performing, the foundation added five $5,000-per-year scholarships.

“We’ve been having so much success with the students,” Sanders said. “They’re engaged, making great grades and are really invested in the programs at the different universities they go to. They’ve done a phenomenal job — we see the payback.”

Also new this year, the foundation is offering 10 one-time-only Chapman Dodge Books and Supplies Allowance of $500.

And, the Rogers Foundation, founded in 2013 by Jim and Beverly Rogers, is giving at least 12 full scholarships to Kentucky Wesleyan College, an institution many of Jim Rogers’ family members attended and one that features a top arts program.

Jim Rogers, who was born in Kentucky, was a longtime Las Vegas resident until his death in 2014. Rogers, who owned KSNV-TV, Channel 3, and his wife contributed to philanthropic and educational endeavors for decades in Southern Nevada and nationwide.

Sanders said she advises students to explore options for scholarships.

“I always try to encourage them to shoot for the stars, but to know your surroundings — never leave money on the table,” Sanders said. “The dream school may not come through.”

To date, Sanders said about 137 students have applied, or have started an application. By the deadline, the number should double, she said.

“There’s always a push in the last week,” Sanders said.

Contact Natalie Bruzda at nbruzda@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3897. Follow @NatalieBruzda on Twitter.

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