In 2004, the Rollins Griffith Teacher Center of Boston (RGTC) initiated scholarships to honor the memory of Mr. Griffith. To date, thirty-seven $1,500.00 scholarships have been awarded to a diverse group of outstanding graduates of the Boston Public Schools. All recipients have contributed to their respective communities and have decided to either study one of the creative arts or become a teacher.
Awardees have attended Boston Latin, Boston Arts Academy, Boston Latin Academy, Dorchester Educational Complex, Josiah Quincy Upper School, South Boston’s Excel High, John D. O’Bryant School of Math & Science, Dorchester Academy, and Boston International & Newcomers Academy.
Our multicultural recipients have or currently attend various colleges and universities including Assumption College, Berklee College of Music, Brandeis University, Boston College, Boston University, Bunker Hill Community College, Emerson College, Fitchburg State University, Harvard University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Providence College, Suffolk University, University of Massachusetts/Boston, Wesleyan University and Wheelock College.
Here’s an update on a few of our previous recipients:
Daniel Hines (2014), a graduate of Boston Latin, is a sophomore at Berklee College of Music majoring in business and songwriting . Daniel works part-time, is working on his album (mostly pop and R & B), and is on the Dean’s List! The scholarship helped him purchase books and a laptop computer. The laptop has been especially helpful since he uses it for all creation and production of his music! Daniel continues to give back to his community by working on the “Black Lives Matter” Campaign. As a member of the Management Team, he is involved in outreach, coordinated events and has scheduled fundraising concerts.
Michael Gregory Rosario Noboa (2015), a graduate of Boston Arts Academy, is a freshman at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Enrolling in the International Design major will enable him to achieve his goal of becoming a designer of shoes. Currently he has designed and sold men’s belts and wallets and women’s belts and handbags that are for sale on his website: www.noboa.bigcartel.com. The scholarship helped both build his confidence and gave him the funds to create his website!
Shirley Fang (2014),a graduate of Boston Latin, is a sophomore at Wesleyan University. The award has helped Shirley with sophomore year’s expenses and alleviated a portion of its burden. Planning a career as a full time artist has propelled Shirley to created her own art page at: facebook.com/shirleyfangart. Explore her site and extensive creations …many are for sale!
Olivia Link (2015), a graduate of Boston Arts Academy, is a freshman at Boston University. While pursuing a degree of Physical Therapy, Olivia nourishes her passion for dance by enrolling in dance classes both on and off campus. The scholarship has provided Olivia with the funds to enroll in off-campus dance classes, and she is deeply grateful for receiving it. Being really, really active in the Boston University’s Dance Community, greatly enriches her life and provides an outlet for her boundless energy! While she especially loves ballet and modern/contemporary dance….any form of dance is exhilarating for Olivia. Recently, Olivia tried out for an improv audition, that involved stilts and bungee cords! Olivia has also auditioned for a 2016 summer dance program at Jacob’s Pillow in the Berkshires.