DC International Public Charter School graduate Kasai Rogers earns Thaddeus Stevens School Scholarship

Imagine a building that has its own distinct identity, both in style and impact. In joint collaboration, Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group have developed a trophy property at 2100 L Street in Washington, D.C. with its own unique features, created to serve the specific needs of its Clients and amplify their employees’ workplace experience. More than that, the property aims to entrench itself as an integral part of the surrounding community in the Golden Triangle Business District, which is why the three developers are proud to support the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship program.

The scholarship program pays homage to the historic Thaddeus Stevens School and its namesake, former U.S. congressman and anti-slavery activist Thaddeus Stevens. As part of the 2100 L project, Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group renovated the Thaddeus Stevens School, one of the first publicly funded schools for the education of black students in D.C. Over five years, $50,000 in scholarship funds will be awarded to five D.C. students – the most recent recipient is Kasai Rogers.

As a recent graduate of the DC International Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., Kasai began his freshman year at Morehouse University this fall. Despite starting college virtually, Kasai is proud to join the Morehouse family as a finance major with a minor in cinema, television, and emerging media studies. In addition, Kasai immediately got involved with extracurriculars by joining the Morehouse Business Association.

According to Kasai, he is extremely grateful for the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship. It has allowed him to continue his education and helped alleviate some of the financial burden that attending college would have otherwise put on him and his family. The $10,000 scholarship reflects Akridge, COPT, and Argos Group’s commitment to the community and legacy of Thaddeus Stevens.

“When I leave Morehouse, I will be able to start my professional career or go to graduate school without feeling the burden of undergraduate loans,” added Kasai. “This scholarship has given me an advantage that I will use to give back. I feel proud to be able to say that I am a Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship recipient and have the chance to carry on his legacy of leadership and service.”

Kasai chose Morehouse College because of its strong history of developing successful black men who positively impact the world. He was also eager to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU), that would teach the significance of his own history and provide opportunities to create lifelong bonds with his peers.

Kasai is the third of five Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship recipients. To qualify, applicants must be a D.C. student interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree full-time. Kasai was a stellar candidate; his high school accomplishments included joining the National Honor Society, serving on the DC Board of Education Student Advisory Committee, interning at the DC Chamber of Commerce, and leading his school’s varsity lacrosse team as a captain. Once awarded the Thaddeus Stevens Scholarship, Kasai became even more excited to form lifelong friendships at Morehouse College and to arm himself with the knowledge needed both to succeed and to give back to the community.