The Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund is a student-run non-profit 501(c)3 charity led by Social Studies teacher, Judy Aronson. The fund was founded in 2004 after the untimely death of Englewood Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Grieco. As a tribute to Dr. Grieco’s work in founding the Academies@Englewood and encouraging excellence in the Englewood Public Schools, teachers, administrators, and parents donated the seed money to create the Dr. John Grieco Scholarship Fund.
The fund is organized and run as an academic class for students at Dwight Morrow High School and the Academies@Englewood in which students learn how to operate and promote a living and breathing charitable institution. The goal of the scholarship fund is to raise money each year to give out $22,000 in scholarships to deserving students who attend Dwight Morrow High School and the Academies@Englewood.
A male and female student from each school — and in each grade — are chosen as winners through an application process and the 16 scholarships are given out at various school awards ceremonies in the spring.
To date, 74 Englewood Public School students have received a combined amount of $105,000 in the six years that the scholarship fund has been in existence. With $33,000 from the total raised having been generously funded by the Community Chest serving Englewood, Tenafly and Englewood Cliffs, the remaining $72,000 was raised by student fundraisers, ranging from Englewood Idol to car washes to 12-hour dance-a-thons to hot dog sales.