Rodgers, 25, is in his second year at the at the Portland, Ore. law school.
He grew up in Old Agoura and graduated Agoura High School in 2010.
In fall 2017, the Wyss Foundation selected Lewis & Clark and its Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law program as one of the first law schools for inclusion in the Wyss Scholars Program.
As a Wyss recipient, Rodger is eligible to receive tuition benefits, stipends for summer work, and financial assistance post-graduation to continue work in natural resources and public lands issues in the western states.
As a youth, Cooper spent much of his time in the local mountains viewing red-tailed hawks, mule deer and coast live oak trees. His love for the land led him to appreciate the need to conserve and preserve natural resources.
In high school he served an internship with the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and started working in public land conservation.
While at law school, Cooper has volunteered with the Natural Resources Defense Council, worked with Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and participated in the Earthrise Law Center clinic.
He is pursuing the Lewis & Clark Environmental, Natural Resources and Energy Law Certificate.
The Wyss Foundation is a private charitable organization that serves western public land issues.
Its scholars program supports graduate-level education for leaders in western land conservation.