Dr. Jeffrey A. Grigg Memorial Teaching Fellow Scholarship


About Jeffrey

A San Francisco native, Jeffrey was one of the first students to graduate from San Francisco Day School. He went on to attend San Francisco University High School and subsequently Yale University; during his years there, Jeffrey spent a summer as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco (then known as Day School Summerbridge). Inspired to enter the field of education, he worked for a year at St. Paul’s School in London, then began teaching English at the Hopkins School in New Haven, where he also served as Director of Breakthrough New Haven (then Summerbridge New Haven.)

Jeffrey went on to earn master’s degrees in educational leadership and policy analysis and in sociology, followed by a doctorate in sociology, and subsequently joined the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Education. An award-winning scholar, he was known for his collaboration across departments and for his involvement with efforts on behalf of young people in Baltimore. His research explored a myriad of factors impacting children’s school success, especially young people facing significant disadvantages. In keeping with his background as a sociologist, he brought to his work a holistic approach that examined both school and societal structures and acknowledged children’s full lived experiences.

Jeffrey was committed to a career in the education field, and believed in education as a tool both for developing oneself and for enacting positive social change. Both professionally and personally, he embodied Breakthrough’s core values of collaboration, excellence, gratitude, perseverance, and responsibility. This scholarship in his memory seeks to continue his life’s work by increasing educational opportunities for other Breakthrough Teaching Fellows who want to pursue careers in education.

Scholarship Details

At Breakthrough, we work to attract aspiring educators who reflect the backgrounds of our students and are underrepresented in the education field. However, master’s programs and teacher credentialing programs can be expensive, and grants and scholarships are limited, despite the high cost of living in the Bay Area and relatively low salaries of classroom teachers. Before now, we haven’t had a way to help with this financial challenge. The Dr. Jeffrey A. Grigg Memorial Teaching Fellow Scholarship addresses this need, making it possible for our alumni to pursue a master’s degree or teacher training program that otherwise would be financially difficult. The first award will be issued in spring 2021, and will have an estimated value of $5,000 – $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one full summer as a Teaching Fellow at Breakthrough San Francisco
  • Track record of exceptional commitment to their students
  • Committed to a career in education on behalf of students with limited educational opportunities
  • Plans to enroll in a master’s program in education, teacher residency, or other teacher preparation program during the upcoming school year
  • Demonstrated financial need

To Apply

The scholarship application process is now closed. We will reopen the process in fall 2021 for Teaching Fellow alumni planning to enroll in a master’s program in education or other teacher training program during the 2022-23 school year. Please contact Andy Shin, Executive Director, with any questions.