Robert C. Grierson is a former high school coach, though is perhaps better known as an official, editor, writer, advisor, and organizer of Scholastic Bowl in Illinois. For his efforts, he received the 2001 Benjamin Cooper Academic Ambassador Award. In 2003, the IHSSBCA, the organization he had helped to found, not only awarded him their "Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award", but renamed it the Robert Grierson Friend of Scholastic Bowl Award in his honor. He is widely regarded as being the most influential and respected person in Illinois quizbowl.
In 2005, he was a member of the first class of the IHSSBCA's Hall of Fame.