Loyola University Maryland
August 25, 2016
Loyola University Maryland’s School of Education has received a $500,000 gift from Elaine and Anthony Grillo to establish a scholarship fund that each year will benefit two undergraduate education students who demonstrate financial need.
The Grillos, of New Hope, Pa., are strong advocates for Jesuit education and believe deeply in the value it brings to preparing students, particularly when those students are pursuing a career as educators themselves.
“It’s clear the School of Education is committed to providing its students with the best teacher preparation possible,” said Elaine Grillo. “Through outstanding curricular and experiential learning in the Jesuit tradition, Loyola education students become innovative teaching professionals who look beyond textbooks and traditional lesson plans to understand how each child learns and what classroom environment will make them successful.”
This gift is the Grillos’ second major gift to the School of Education. In 2012 they endowed the School’s first graduate fellowship, which supports student research.
Elaine Grillo formerly taught kindergarten and first grade in a West Orange, N.J., public school, and she recently completed five years of service on the School of Education’s Board of Advisors. Her husband, Anthony, works in private equity. Their son and two daughters attended Jesuit universities; their older daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from Loyola’s undergraduate teacher education program in 2008.
“Elizabeth received excellent preparation as a teacher, and we wanted to help make that same experience available to students who are highly qualified but cannot access a Jesuit education without financial support from scholarships,” said Elaine Grillo.