“The program offers students a unique opportunity to engage with policy, politics, and our nation on a very personal level, much like the way Robin Rogers taught his classes.”Jeff Kimbell ’89, President of Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates
Named in honor of St. George’s former history teacher, loyal alumnus and spirited Dragon sports fan, The William S. R. “Robin” Rogers ’44 Scholars Program was established in 2008 by a number of alumni who live and work in Washington, D.C. The four-day program runs in each year in the spring, and is funded by the William S. R. Rogers Endowment for Public Policy Studies. You may view a 2016 feature story on the program here.
Foster Unique Understanding
Students typically get exclusive access to sites such as the White House, the Pentagon and U.S. Armed Services offices, the U.S. Department of State, and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Engage with Key Stakeholders
The mission of the program is to give students a fully immersive experience in the nation’s capital, meeting federal lawmakers, policy experts, fundraisers, senior advisors, pollsters, campaign strategists and lobbyists. Students will have access to bipartisan speakers in the fields of health care, strategic communications, technology, military policy, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, telecommunications and online reputation management.
Connect the Dots
Students will experience how public policy and politics interact, overlap, and affect our lives on a daily basis. Their experiences and interests will spark a lasting interest and will encourage exploration in government service and/or the political spectrum.
Alumni participating as speakers have included: Jeff Kimbell ’89, John Holder ’79, Gerrit Lansing ’02, Peter Cook ’85, Bill Hatfield ’99, Tucker Carlson ’87, Welles Orr ’78 and Jim Thompson ’84.
William S.R. “Robin” Rogers ’44 was inextricably linked to the St. George’s School community virtually since birth. He was the grandson of Arthur S. Roberts, a senior master and teacher at St. George’s for 43 years (1903-1946), and the son of Paul C. Rogers, a faculty member (1925-1926).
In his youth, Robin Rogers was known as a solid student and a talented, all-around athlete. After graduation from St. George’s, Rogers received a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in teaching from Brown. He was a lifelong educator whose first teaching job was at St. John’s School in Houston, Texas. Rogers returned to the Hilltop’s classrooms where he taught history and English from 1956 to 1961. He was named the founding headmaster of the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Mass., in 1961 and returned to St. George’s again from 1974-1993.
In retirement, Rogers remained a passionate student of literature and history as well as an ardent Red Sox fan and a resolute chess player. Through the years his devotion to St. George’s never waivered. William S. R. “Robin” Rogers died on August 12, 2014 at the age of 87. The Robin Rogers Endowment for Public Policy was established by a number of St. George’s alumni in his memory in 2008.
William S. R. “Robin” Rogers ’44, P’74
Anthony M. Zane Chair in History,
English and History teacher, emeritus
Prior to the launch of his primetime program, Carlson served as a co-host of "FOX & Friends Weekend." He also provided analysis for America's Election Headquarters on primary and caucus nights, including the 2016 and 2012 presidential elections, as well as the 2014 midterm election. In addition, he also produced an FNC special, "Fighting for Our Children's Minds," in 2010.
Before joining FNC, Carlson hosted "Tucker" on MSNBC from 2005-2008 and PBS' "Tucker Carlson: Unfiltered." He joined CNN in 2000 as its youngest anchor ever, co-hosting "The Spin Room," and went on to become co-host of CNN's "Crossfire" until its 2005 cancellation. In 2003, he wrote an autobiography about his cable news experience titled "Politicians, Partisans and Parasites: My Adventures in Cable News." His latest book is "Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution."
Additionally, Carlson founded and acted as editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller, a political news website he launched in 2010.
Carlson graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Trinity College.
Previously, Gerritt worked as the Press Secretary for the House Budget Committee under Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and as New Media Director for Congressman Peter Roskam of Illinois.
Gerrit graduated in 2002 from St. George's, where he played hockey and was on the sailing team. He spent three years there before taking a year off between SG and The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where he majored in Ancient Greek and Latin.
Before joining Miller & Chevalier, Mr. Orr served as Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Congressional Affairs in the Executive Office of the President in the George H.W. Bush Administration. In that capacity, he served as the liaison between the USTR and the Congressional leadership and members of the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees on the drafting, negotiation, and implementation of all trade policies and agreements, as well as bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations. He earned degrees from Denison University and the University of Pittsburgh as well as a certificate in International Studies from Warnborough College, Oxford.
Before founding Bynum Thompson Ryer, Jim directed paid voter contact programs for the Political Department of the AFLCIO from 1989 through 1992, and from 1996 through 2001. At the AFL-CIO, Jim was responsible for a complete overhaul of Labor’s political communication and managed the largest ongoing voter contact program in the nation. From 1993 through 1995, Jim was a deputy Political Director at the Democratic National Committee, where he oversaw state party coordinate campaigns. Prior to 1989, Jim was the Political Director at Project 500, a Democratic Redistricting organization, and served on several state-wide campaigns.
Jim graduated from St George’s School in 1984 and attended the University of Pittsburgh.