The Mastery family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Jeremy Nowak, who died July 28th from complications from a heart attack. Jeremy was Mastery’s founding Board Chair. For seven years, he led Mastery through the start-up of our first school and the opening of our first turnaround schools. He was a brilliant, passionate, independent thinker with a giant heart. His commitment to serving the most vulnerable, high expectations for all children, and to doing right by kids and families is deeply etched in the psyche of the Mastery organization. He will be deeply missed.
A scholarship fund, in partnership with Drexel University, has been established in Jeremy’s honor. Jeremy believed deeply in Mastery’s mission to deliver a public education that could open the door to college for thousands of Philadelphia students. He was also deeply invested in Drexel University and passionate about its mission to prepare students to tackle and solve society’s greatest problems. The Jeremy Nowak Scholarship will help make it possible for a Mastery student to attend Drexel. It will be awarded to the student who best embodies Jeremy’s commitment to social justice, his fiercely independent thinking and his deep love of Philadelphia and all the people who call it home.