A Gift of Knowledge: Grillo-Marxuach Family

Tuesday, December 20, 2016TOPICS: Student Success

Grillo-Marxuach Family - 2016 Kroc School Magazine
begin quoteEducation, including an understanding of history, will help people to make better personal, professional and political decisions.

Partners with the Rotary Foundation to Support International Scholarships Dr. Antonio Grillo-López, M.D., and his wife María Marxuach-Grillo believe deeply in the power of education, not only for the sake of knowledge, but also to build peace in communities all over the world. “Education, including an understanding of history, will help people to make better personal, professional and political decisions,” says Maria. “A better educated world is more likely to veer towards peace than towards war.”

As the President of the La Jolla Golden Triangle Rotary Club, Dr. Antonio Grillo- López has heard several Kroc School Rotary Scholars share their experiences with war, conflict and human rights violations in their home countries, and their determination to build peace and justice. This year, in honor of Rotary’s Centennial, the couple has decided to make a $210,000 gift over four years for scholarships supporting students from Latin America and developing countries. Being born and educated in Puerto Rico, they enjoy giving back to the region and hope to encourage more Kroc School applicants from Latin America.

The Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholarships will support graduate students who want to pursue a Master of Arts in Peace and Justice or the new Master of Arts in Social Innovation. The scholarships will be matched with $105,000 in funding from The Rotary Foundation, a long-term supporter of Kroc School students. The Grillo- Marxuach family has a long history with educational institutions founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, making USD a natural home for their philanthropy.

Dr. Grillo-López is an innovator whose research has brought hope to thousands of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients with the discovery of new, more effective therapies. He has been honored with numerous awards for his achievements in cancer research and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees for Hope Funds for Cancer Research. Both he and Maria Marxuach-Grillo come from families where education was seen as essential for individual development and the betterment of society, and they have passed this philosophy on to their three sons. “We look forward to meeting the Grillo-Marxuach Family Scholars,” says Maria, “and following the impact they have after graduating from the Kroc School.”

You too can give the gift of knowledge and foster future peacebuilders and changemakers. Every gift, small or large, has the power to transform many lives. It truly makes a difference.

Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies


Contact Us

Phone: (619) 260-7919
Fax: (619) 849-8123


Visit Campus

KIPJ Room 121
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110