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On Monday, October 3, U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers (KY-05) was honored at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars' Annual Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Congressman Rogers received the 2011 Pillar Award for Leadership in recognition of his outstanding efforts in southern and eastern Kentucky and in the Congress. Tiffany Thacker, a graduate of the University of Pikeville, presented Rogers with the award.

"Top notch education and skills training are at the heart of continuing to grow our region and I’ve long endeavored to open up meaningful educational opportunities for our young people," said Rogers. "Internships, work-study programs, and practical learning experiences provide students with real world tools to succeed outside the classroom. I’m honored to be recognized by the Washington Center, and in particular to join University of Pikeville, EKU and others in celebrating the hard work of our young people."

Congressman Rogers, Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA), and Governor Juan José Sabines Guerrero of the State of Chiapas, Mexico were honored for their continued support to strengthen and foster academic internship experiences in D.C. and abroad.

"Since The Washington Center opened its doors in 1975, over 50,000 students from universities across the country and abroad have had career changing experiences interning in the nation’s capital," said Mike Smith, president of The Washington Center. "It is individuals like Senator Cantwell, Representative Rogers and Governor Juan José Sabines Guerrero that make the experience truly valuable and memorable. I join our university partners, alumni, current and future students in thanking them for their participation in the program."

Among the national award winners for 2011, Kentucky University System received this year’s Academic Affairs Award for their continued partnership with The Washington Center and strong commitment to advancing experiential education. According to the Washington Center, 500 students from Kentucky have participated in various TWC program.

Proceeds from the event will help fund $5 million in scholarships distributed to Washington Center students each year.

About The Washington Center:

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C. for academic credit. The largest program of its kind, The Washington Center has close to 50,000 alumni who have become leaders in numerous professions and nations around the world. It was established in 1975.