Medgar Evers: Dr. Derrick E. Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund Established

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Fund established to honor the legacy of fallen educator

Dr. Derrick E. Griffith’s tragic death in the derailment of Amtrak 188 took him from us too soon, but his legacy will last forever.  He had a tremendous impact on countless young people during his brief life and if he were here with us, today, he would still be working to help someone chart a new and better course for their future.  As we continue to mourn his passing, a man who so fully understood the value of an education, we are humbled to announce the creation of the Dr. Derrick E. Griffith Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Dr. Griffith’s altruistic spirit will forever be in our midst as the scores of students he helped to uplift, encourage and support, realize their dreams and aspirations.  This new fund will ensure that Medgar Evers College is able to continue supporting students who have overcome major obstacles as they look towards a brighter future.

“It’s not often that you meet someone as selfless as Derrick, and a fund that will help support students in their pursuit of education is the ultimate tribute to his life’s work.  Derrick would be so proud if he was with us, and I’m happy that we’re able to honor him in this way,” said Dr. Rudy Crew, president of Medgar Evers College.

Before his death, Derrick was scheduled to participate in his doctoral commencement ceremony on May 27, 2015.  He was to be conferred his Ph.D. in Urban Education from the CUNY Graduate Center.  His dissertation, What’s ‘Black’ Got to Do with It? An Analysis of Low-Income Black Students and Educational Outcomes is available for public consumption and we encourage all to spend time reviewing his thought-provoking research on an issue that the nation continues to face – how to better serve low-income African-American students in the country’s current educational structure.

More information about the scholarship fund, including how those interested can make a donation, can be found at the link, below.  Information about funeral arrangements will be shared as soon as they have been finalized. 


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