Gaston Griggs Endowed Science Scholarship

Alumni and Faculty of Division of Natural Science

Type: Endowed

Donor: Alumni and Faculty of Division of Natural Science

Established: 1997

Alumni and faculty created this scholarship in memory of Dr. Gaston Griggs. Dr. Griggs graduated from Bristow High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky then went on to serve four years in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Following his years in the Air Force he attended George Peabody College and graduated with a MA, BA, in Biology with a Chemistry minor. He graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Ph.D. in radiation biology and physics and then became a part of the university’s faculty following his completion of his doctorate. After a few years at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Griggs came to John Brown University where he taught classes on molecular and cell biology, genetics, philosophy of science, immunology and oversaw independent studies for science students. He had numerous articles of his cancer research published and many articles published with research conducted with students. He was instrumental in advising pre-med students.

Dr. Griggs was active in various organizations including the National Cancer Institute and the National Science Foundation. He participated in these organizations by attending meetings, presenting papers and reviewing grant proposals. He was well-known and well-respected across the country for his cancer research. He retired from JBU in 1996 after 22 years of service. Dr. Griggs passed away in 2011.