Peter J. McGrail:
A Transformative Leader
In a career spanning more than 25 years, Peter J. McGrail worked as a financial executive for highly successful public and privately held companies and served as Paylocity’s Chief Financial Officer from 2010 through 2017. Peter’s passion for driving a learning and development culture across the organization guided Paylocity’s transition to a publicly-traded company in 2014. He will always be remembered for his wisdom, quick wit, genuineness, and willingness to help others – all hallmarks of Peter’s legacy. The Peter J. McGrail Learning Center at Paylocity’s headquarters in Schaumburg, Illinois, is also dedicated in his memory.
A Scholarship for Future Changemakers
In honor of Peter, Paylocity established a scholarship program in 2017 to advance education for future generations. In keeping with Peter’s passion for learning, the award was created in his legacy by his Paylocity colleagues to assist children of employees who plan to continue their education, upholding Peter’s steadfast belief that learning and curiosity propel lives. This program is administered by Scholarship America®.
As of 2022, 40 annual scholarships for university and vocational education will be awarded.
This annual scholarship honors Peter’s passion for lifelong learning. We hope all recipients will use it to capitalize on their potential and the power of education to lead with empathy, curiosity, and wisdom in their chosen fields.
“I spend a lot of time in the Peter McGrail Learning Center. Spending time there and hearing what employees say about him make it clear that his love of learning has inspired many people, including myself. Thank you again for your generosity.”
“I am forever grateful for this scholarship and I know it will be used well. Thank you so much, I can’t wait to see what the future brings!"