For the 10th year, three $1,500 Rollins Griffith Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to three Boston Public High School seniors and distributed in June 2013. These $1,500 awards are given through the generosity of the Rollins Griffith Teacher Center of Boston, a nonprofit organization run for over thirty years by and for educators in the Boston Public Schools.
Commencing Study in One of The Creative Arts or Education
DEADLINE EXTENDED: NOW DUE FRIDAY, MAY 10
Rollins Griffith was the first African American District Superintendent in the Boston School System. Rollins was by training both a musician and a teacher. He served as a music teacher, assistant principal, principal and then a district superintendent. In 1975, he wanted a teacher center to help prepare teachers to improve students” academic progress. His tireless efforts led to the establishment of the District 5 Teacher Center to link teacher training and school programs. After his untimely death in 1978, the Center was renamed The Rollins Griffith Teacher Center of Boston. His vision has allowed the Rollins Griffith Teacher Center to help hundreds of staff members earn teacher and/or administrative certification; to learn more about diverse cultures present in our school community through conferences and workshops; and, more recently, to travel and study abroad.
BPS High School headmasters, assistant headmasters, guidance counselors, teachers or other school-based personnel may nominate outstanding graduating seniors who plan to study one of the creative arts and/or education at a post-secondary institution. A senior may also nominate himself/herself or another eligible peer.
To be eligible, a student must have applied to a post-secondary educational institution.
The applicant must submit an essay of 500 to 1,000 words (3 to 5 pages typed in 12 point font and double spaced). In this essay, the senior will be required to tell us: (a) about himself/herself, (b) tell us what prompted him/her to choose this area of study, and (c) how this program will help him/her fulfill his/her life goals and aspirations. Two letters of recommendation must accompany this essay. One recommendation must be from the individual who nominated the senior unless the senior nominated himself/herself. A selfnominated senior must send two letters of recommendation in addition to the essay.
Nominators must: Complete ALL sections of this application form and be sure ALL signatures are included. Nominators must attach the essay and two letters of recommendation to this completed application. The original packet and one clear copy of the entire packet must be submitted by Friday, MAY 10, 2013. to Ms. Claire Radley, Teacher Associate and Ms. Maureen T. Jelloe, Director, Rollins Griffith Teacher Center, c/o Josiah Quincy Upper School, 900 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111.
Please note: Late applications will not be accepted.
A panel composed of Rollins Griffith Teacher Center Board of Directors will review applications and select awardees. All applicants will be notified of their status prior to the Awards Presentation in JUNE 2013. The Scholarships will be sent directly to the post-secondary institution. Applicants may receive only one Rollins Griffith Memorial Scholarship.
For further information, please contact Ms. Claire Radley, Teacher Associate at 617-635-1515 or on her cell phone 617-680-1460.
Download application below.