Jul 27, 2020

SGSNY receives $600,000 grant for scholarships

We celebrated the success of our 2020 grads.
We celebrated the success of our 2020 grads.

St. George’s Society of New York is delighted to report that we have been selected to receive a project grant of $600,000 to support our Scholarship Program.

This grant will enable the Society to fulfill our objective of expanding the program to City University of New York (CUNY) institutions across the city’s five boroughs. CUNY has a proven track record for some of the highest mobility rates among four-year public colleges and St. George’s Society is a proud supporter of its mission to provide a high-quality and accessible education regardless of background or means. We have identified the target university partners and begun the process of establishing awards for the 2020-21 academic year.

The overriding aim of the Scholarship Program is to provide a foundation for the future of disadvantaged students. As the current global health crisis continues and unemployment rises, the Scholarship Program is critical to ensuring the academic futures of students especially hard hit by this time of uncertainty. Many scholars are the primary breadwinners in their families, and before COVID-19 were already living paycheck to paycheck. Adding to that is the withering effect of the pandemic on the global economy, translating into massive layoffs and furloughs. Now, more than ever, scholars need St. Georges Society’s help to get through this emergency.

As the we enter the fall, we look forward to sharing more details on the expansion of the Scholarship Program and our incoming class of scholars.

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Mar 30, 2020

Mentoring Spotlight: Amanda & Sheavonnie

As a part of St. George’s Society’s efforts to expand enrichment and engagement opportunities for our scholars, we launched a mentoring initiative last year. The goal being to provide direction and support for success beyond graduation.

Amanda and Sheavonnie

When Blend Associates Ltd. partnered with the Society, founder Amanda Reynolds, saw the relationship as a perfect opportunity to offer her expertise in coaching and leadership development to our scholarship recipients. She volunteered as a mentor and was matched with Sheavonnie, a Chemistry major in her final year at Lehman College. She describes her experience as a mentor and gives her advice for other mentors.

Why did you become a mentor?

I wanted to help a student take the next step on their career path and enable their progress by sharing my own experience. Sheavonnie is bright, hardworking and determined, but she did not have an advantageous professional network. I have had many mentors and coaches in my career, so I know the value of this kind of support when you begin your professional journey.

What kind of support did you provide?

Through a combination of meetings, FaceTime calls and email correspondence, Sheavonnie and I have connected for about 10 hours so far. I served as a sounding board, listening to what her goals were both academically and professionally.

She plans to take her MCAT and apply to medical school following graduation, so I worked with her on drafting her supporting statements as well as developing her “soft skills” which are as equally important when entering the workforce.

I also connected her with my own professional network including a colleague who is an MD at Yale School of Public Health.

How would you describe your experience as a mentor?

I get huge satisfaction knowing that I’ve played a part in Sheavonnie’s journey and that she will one day become a great physician.

What are your tips for people interested in becoming a mentor?

  • Be yourself. Be willing to share your journey and lessons you’ve learned.

  • Utilize your network and make introductions when you can.

  • Help them build their networking skills both in person and online.

  • Check in on their progress regularly.

  • Reflect on failures and celebrate successes.

  • Be honest about what you can’t do, and don’t make promises you can’t keep.

And how has this experience been for Sheavonnie?

In her words:

I was looking for a mentor that would be able to help me with both my professional and personal goals of becoming a physician-scientist catering to women and children in underserved populations. Through this experience, I have had the opportunity to truly self-reflect and expand my network. Amanda is the perfect mentor for me. She challenges me with her bubbly charisma and ensures I am on the path towards my success, going above and beyond to help me get there.

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Dec 31, 2019

Meet Lucy: A Mid-Year Update

Lucy is in her final year of Lehman College’s Nursing program. When we introduced Lucy in August, she had just welcomed her second child. She credits the St. George’s Society scholarship with her ability to successfully complete her degree while raising a young family.

We checked in with Lucy to find out about her progress now that she's completed her fall semester.

It feels like it’s been a short year filled with so many things to be thankful for. One of them being the addition to the family and another receiving the scholarship from St. George's Society of New York and Coller Capital. I feel so blessed!

The scholarship has made a big difference in my academic journey. It's empowered me to be able to maximize the college experience by using my time more wisely in school. I didn't have to seek for additional work to support myself/family and have made the most of my time by focusing on school; which has led better grades and increased my chances of finishing successfully.

At the beginning of the semester, I felt overwhelmed, and scared wondering how I would cope with my newborn. I eventually found my stride by setting small achievable goals day by day. I would also note how supportive Lehman College has been to students like me. Having a space to study at the childcare center and providing a lactation room has been an invaluable resource for which I'm very thankful for.

It's been an incredible year that I'll never forget and will remain forever grateful to St. George's Society of New York and Coller Capital for bringing me this far. God bless you all!

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