Chatham, VA – February 21, 2017 - Hargrave Military Academy is excited to announce the establishment of a
permanent endowment for the school. Since 1909 Hargrave’s mission has been to develop men of character,
who are contributing citizens to their communities. Through a rigorous college-preparatory education, Hargrave
provides the framework for future success in life. The endowment established by Reverend Julian Griffin ‘50
will invest $100,000 in memory of his beloved son, to the David Griffin (‘82) Scholarship Fund.
After graduating from Hargrave, Griffin attended The Citadel, and subsequently the Southern Baptist
Theological Seminary in Louisville Kentucky. Reverend Griffin then returned to Hargrave, where he served as
faculty from 1958-1967, as the Academy’s Chaplain and also taught English. The Reverend went on to Pastor the
Chestnut Level Baptist Church until 1985.
Over the years Reverend Griffin has always stayed close to Hargrave. He has served as the Chairman of the Board
of Trustees, where he had the unique opportunity of signing his son's diploma. After graduating from Hargrave,
David went on to be a U.S. Army Ranger until an injury forced his early discharge. David made his home in
Burlington, North Carolina with his two daughters. He was always active with Hargrave and maintained several
The Academy is profoundly thankful to the Griffin family for their continued spirit of generosity. For three
generations the Griffin family has supported the local community and the mission of Hargrave. The permanent
endowment provides a reliable source of income in perpetuity that Hargrave can count on in support of our
student's academic goals today and into the future.
Educating and equipping our Cadets with opportunities for success is one of the guiding principles of the
Academy. Our nonprofit endowment fundholders are the exemplars of this sustainable, forward thinking. Their
generosity and long-term commitment to our community will ensure that Hargrave continues to deliver the
high standard of academic excellence that has long been attributed to the Academy.
In addition to Reverend Griffin’s endowment, additional funds were made available to Hargrave to assist with
the purchase of several new smart boards. Hargrave's Academic Dean, Dewitt H. Powell, states that ”the funds
help the teachers to present a view of an educational display that is interactive, fun, and proactive for the
students. The visual display and multiple uses of the boards will enhance the learning environment at Hargrave.”
Individuals and organizations with a commitment to building long-term sustainability through Endowment are
encouraged to contact the Chief Development Officer Craig Rogers
at [email protected]
or by phone