2018 John Jay Fellow
Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
Graduate College: Hillsdale College
Degree: M.A. in Politics
Undergraduate College: University of Colorado Colorado Springs
Degrees: B.A. in History; A.A. in Philosophy
Zachary Rogers was born in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and raised in Elizabeth, Colorado. Raised by loving and God-fearing parents, he was homeschooled through high school. In high school, he participated in an options program and Colorado’s Post-Secondary Enrollment Option. Through this program, he earned an associate’s degree debt-free at Pikes Peak Community College before transferring to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. His senior year of college, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that put him into a coma for three weeks, the ICU for one month, and rehabilitation for one month. By the grace of God and through the support of family and friends, he made a full recovery and returned to UCCS to graduate with honors.
Zachary was heavily involved in his church throughout high school and college. He was a leader and participant in Vacation Bible School, Middle and High School youth groups, AWANA, and several mission trips. In his spare time, he worked his way through college and for fun spent time with family and friends hiking, fishing, hunting, and socializing.
Zachary worked as an education policy intern at the Independence Institute in Denver during the summer of 2016 and served the Graduate Student Society as a representative to the Student Federation in the Spring of 2017. In the summer of 2017, he worked as a graduate research assistant for Dr. Spalding at the Kirby Center in Washington, D.C.
Upon completion of his internship for the John Jay Fellows Program, Zachary hopes to work either in the classical charter school movement spreading across the country or in Washington, D.C. to further a return to Constitutional government.