Jul 8, 2021

SGSNY Celebrates the Class of 2021

SGSNY Scholar Basiru (center) receives his gift
SGSNY Scholar Basiru (center) receives his gift

We are incredibly proud of our 2020-21 scholars who demonstrated remarkable resilience and grace during such a challenging year. These students celebrated their commencement this spring.

SGSNY scholars are majority immigrant or first-generation American with Commonwealth links and many are the first-generation college students. 70% are female and 98% are Black or people of color.

Some are now preparing to begin their postgraduate education, while others have already embarked on the next phase of their careers.

One scholar commented:

Thank you for your generosity and the personal investment and good faith you have put into my future. Overall, the scholarship played an important role in making college more accessible and affordable, and paving the way for me to be successful in both their pursuit and completion of my degree. The scholarship helped me to alleviate the financial burden higher education leaves and served as an inspiration as I continue with my studies. I was able to focus on my studies and was at ease of following and achieving my academic goal. -- Felicia, B.A. Business Administration, Lehman College

Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Chilmark Builders, we delivered special graduation gifts to our scholars help them mark this once-in-a-lifetime milestone.

Congratulations again to the Class of 2021.

Watch our recap video and view more photos from Project Graduation HERE.

Jainaba graduated with her degree in Nursing
Jainaba graduated with her degree in Nursing
Congratulatory cards for our scholars
Congratulatory cards for our scholars
Eliane pictured with SGSNY Scholar Kinza
Eliane pictured with SGSNY Scholar Kinza


Mar 23, 2021

Mentoring Spotlight | Meet Sandesha

Sandesha, 2020 SGSNY Scholar
Sandesha, 2020 SGSNY Scholar

Originally from Guyana—the daughter of a cane farmer and a teacher—Sandesha sought to transcend the limited opportunities available to women in her community. When her family moved to the United States in 2015, she saw it as a chance at a brighter future.

She is currently working towards a dual degree in Accounting and Health Services Administration at Lehman College. Her goal was to work in auditing and assurance, remarking, “[Through it] you can investigate the operations of different businesses and really see how it is they do what they do. This small microcosm of a business inspires how the entire economy of a country operates and I find this fascinating.”

As an SGSNY Scholar, Sandesha took the opportunity to be matched with her mentor, Lisa, who not only helped her navigate her final year of university during the pandemic, but also secure a job after graduation.

Why did you sign up for the mentoring program?

I felt like I needed guidance on how to navigate New York City as a professional. Making connections—both professional and personal—proved a lot harder than I imagined.

What has inspired you most about your mentor?

Every time I talk to Lisa, she gives me a lot to think about. She is a true professional and has very deep understanding of etiquette in corporate America. I love talking to her because I learn so much. She is a successful professional who has managed to balance work and family, and still finds time to mentor me. I would like to be like her someday, and inspire some young person as she done for me.

How has your mentor helped you?

Through my mentor's network I was able to land a position at EY! I signed my acceptance letter in early March and I start in July. I am so excited! My journey to my dream job has become a lot more achievable because of Lisa. She was super helpful in coaching me for the interview and just being supportive through the process.

Is there anything else you want others to know about the mentoring program?

There is no downside to it. At the very least, you gain a valuable connection—you never know when that may come in handy. I think I hit the jackpot. I landed a job in a company I always dreamed of working for. I gained not only one, but three mentors from my initial connection. The trajectory of my life has been altered because of this opportunity and for that, I couldn't be more grateful.

For more than a decade, St. George’s Society of New York has made a substantial difference in the education of so many students embarking on the next stage of their careers. But the scholarship goes far beyond the financial aid they receive. Enrichment opportunities such as our mentoring initiative help bridge the divide that students balancing work and academics often miss out on. Thank you for your support of St. George’s Society of New York’s Scholarship Program. Because of you, more students like Sandesha are on the pathway to success.

If you are interested in transforming the trajectory for our scholars and their communities by becoming a mentor, please contact Eliane Abou-Assi at eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.


Nov 24, 2020

Society Awards 26 Scholarships for 2020/21 Year

St. George’s Society of New York is pleased to share that 26 students from CUNY universities across NYC were awarded scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Society’s Scholarship Program was established in 2008 to provide funding to low-income, final-year students of British or Commonwealth heritage who have achieved excellent academic standing but lack the financial means to complete their education. Since the Program began, St. George’s Society has served over 400 scholars totaling over $1 million in financial aid. In addition to financial support, scholars also receive mentoring and professional development opportunities as well as a complimentary 1-year membership to the Society.

Scholars were selected after an intensive review process by the Scholarship Committee, which is chaired by the Society’s First Vice President, David Drinkwater. With majors including accounting, music, nursing, social work and speech pathology, the 2020 cohort represents an exciting breadth of disciplines.

This year’s scholarships are made possible thanks to contributions by The Manton Foundation, Pathways Partners—BP America and Coller Capital—and a collective of generous individual and corporate donors. This support enabled the expansion of the program to include students from College of Staten Island and New York City College of Technology in addition to the longstanding partnership with Lehman and Hunter Colleges. 

For these students, the scholarship represents a chance at a brighter future. Sandy, the 2020 Coller Capital Scholar, is currently completing a dual-degree in Accounting and Health Services Administration at Lehman. With the scholarship and her financial burden eased, she will be able to refocus on her studies and get one step closer to her goal of becoming a licensed CPA.

“We are thrilled to award scholarships to a very deserving group of individuals, especially during this unprecedented year,” comments David Drinkwater. “We are extremely grateful to our community for their unwavering support, which has enabled the Society to maintain our commitment to ensuring the future of these bright minds. We join their families, friends and colleges in congratulating them on their achievement and look forward to seeing what they accomplish in the coming year.”

Learn more about St. George’s Society’s Scholarship Program and how you can support at www.stgeorgessociety.org/scholarship-program.

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