As he graduates from Princeton, Davis UWC Scholar Josh Grehan (Canada, Lester B. Pearson UWC of the Pacific) hopes to build a career that promotes social justice. The two years he’ll spend at Oxford University, thanks to the 2010 Daniel M. Sachs Graduating Scholarship, one of Princeton’s highest undergraduate awards, will help him learn what he needs to do that.
Josh attended the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton; he’ll next work for a master’s degree in economic and social history at Oxford’s Worcester College. The Sachs Scholarship is given to a Princeton senior who best exemplifies the character and commitment of Daniel Sachs, the late Princeton football star who attended Worcester College as a Rhodes Scholar.
Raised in Saskatchewan, Josh spent much of his childhood living in native villages, where his mother worked as a civil-rights advocate. That led him to focus on social justice and public policy at Princeton, where he was active on many levels. “He is a natural leader,” said Professor Marta Tienda, his senior thesis advisor.
“I hope to one day return to Saskatchewan and work to combat issues of racism between the native and white populations,” Josh said. The program at Oxford will help him learn the historical background of the inequities he hopes to address.
“The opportunities that have been provided to me while I was young have allowed me to end up where I am now,” Josh said. “I have a large debt to repay.”