The BRCC is proud to present the 2018 David Grant Grimshaw Scholarship.

David Grant Grimshaw (1956-2001) was not a native Black Rocker but was drawn to the beautiful coastline and sense of community one finds in Black Rock.  A self-taught oil painter, Grimshaw founded the Westport Gallery and joined the Black Rock Community Council soon after relocating to Black Rock in 1988.  He was elected BRCC president, a position he held for many years, and was instrumental in raising funds for the newly formed Burroughs Community Center and the preservation of the Fayerweather Lighthouse, among other local causes.  Known equally for his community activism and his oil paintings, Grimshaw lost his battle to ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in 2001.  His spirit lives on in the volunteers who make our area a better place.

The David Grant Grimshaw Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to a Black Rock high school senior who has gained acceptance to an accredited university with plans to attend in the fall of 2018. The scholarship recipient will exemplify David Grant Grimshaw’s commitment to the local community through his or her record of involvement with school, neighborhood, or citywide initiatives.

2018 Scholarship Application

All application materials should be postmarked by May 15th and mailed to Black Rock Community Council, 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605.

If you have questions, please contact Marni Kiernan at 631-816-8836 or