Dr. Jeffrey A. Grigg Memorial Teaching Fellow Scholarship


About Jeffrey

A San Francisco native, Jeffrey was one of the first students to graduate from SF 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.

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, or to continue in a multi-year program, during the 2023-24 school year
  • Demonstrated financial need

Other Notes

  • We awarded scholarships of $7,500 each to two Teaching Fellow alumni in 2020-21 and two more for 2021-22. 
  • We will prioritize applicants who are underrepresented in the teaching profession.
  • If you have previously applied for the scholarship but did not receive it, you are welcome to reapply, as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria above.

To Apply

The scholarship application for 2023-24 will be available in fall 2022 and due in March 2023. We’ll get back to all applicants by early April, in advance of the National Graduate School Enrollment Response Deadline (April 15, 2023). Please contact Andy Shin, Executive Director, with any questions in the meantime.