We are deeply moved and humbled to announce the creation of the Dr. Jeffrey A. Grigg Memorial Teaching Fellow Scholarship, created by an extraordinarily generous $300,000 gift to Breakthrough’s endowment by Doug Grigg, one of SF Day School’s founding parents, in memory of his son Jeffrey.
Jeffrey was one of the first students to graduate from the newly-created SF Day School in the early ’90s. He went on to attend University High School and subsequently Yale; during his time there, Jeffrey spent a summer as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco (then Day School Summerbridge). Inspired to enter the field of education, he began teaching English at the Hopkins School in New Haven, where he also served as Director of New Haven’s Breakthrough site.
After earning dual master’s degrees and a doctorate in sociology, he joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Education, where his research explored a myriad of factors impacting children’s school success, especially young people facing significant disadvantages; he was known for his collaboration across departments and for his involvement with efforts on behalf of young people in Baltimore.
This scholarship in Jeffrey’s memory seeks to continue his life’s work by increasing professional development opportunities for other Breakthrough San Francisco Teaching Fellows. The scholarship funds can be applied toward tuition or other costs associated with a master’s degree in education or a teacher credentialing program. The first scholarship will be issued in spring 2021; more details will be available soon.
We extend our heartfelt condolences to Doug and his family for their unfathomable loss, and our deep gratitude for his extraordinary generosity.