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Letter from Austin E. Grigg to William A. Brown

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Letter from Austin E. Grigg to William A. Brown


University of Richmond dean, Austin E. Grigg, wrote this letter to the principal of Carver High School, Mr. William A. Brown, to inform him that the University of Richmond now offers financial aid under all Federal Funding programs. In the letter, Grigg encourages Mr. Brown to share this information with their top students to entice them to apply. Grigg also mentions the criteria University of Richmond requires in its applicants including a "B" average for high school work, two years of foreign language classes, three years of math classes, one year of science that includes a laboratory component, one year of American history, four years of English classes, College Board achievement tests, and three other achievement tests. Finally, Grigg expresses how he does not want a financial barrier to impeded a student's decision to apply to the University of Richmond. Carver High School opened in 1948 as the only school in Chesterfield County, Virginia, where black students could receive a high school education during the era of Jim Crow segregation.


Letter to Mr. William A. Brown from Austin E. Grigg, 02 October 1969, RG 6.2.5 Box 25 Folder 1, University Archives, Virginia Baptist Historical Society.









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Grigg, Austin E., “Letter from Austin E. Grigg to William A. Brown,” Race & Racism at the University of Richmond, accessed January 18, 2021, http://memory.richmond.edu/items/show/2519.