Oct 8, 2019

Meet Lucy

Lucy pictured with her oldest daughter.
Lucy pictured with her oldest daughter.

Lucy’s path to nursing was unconventional to say the least. She had a successful career as a graphic designer in her home country of Nigeria, where she met her husband. After moving to the US, she worked as a freelance designer for the Cancer Research Institute. Hearing patients’ stories and seeing the impact of the nursing staff, made a huge impression on her. She was reminded of her late father and how his death could have been avoided had he had access to quality healthcare.

“I took an account of my life and started to consider the legacy that I wanted to leave. How could I contribute more to my community? I kept coming back to nursing.”

A new mother, she enrolled in Lehman College’s Nursing program. Learning an entirely new skill set while working and raising a family was not easy. Nevertheless, Lucy knew that succeeding would not only provide personal fulfillment, but also inspire her daughter to dream big.

The St. George’s Society Scholarship could not have come at a more opportune time. Having discovered that she was pregnant with her second child, she knew that her family would have to soon survive on an even more limited budget.

“Dropping out of school was not an option so I applied for the scholarship. I’m still in shock that I got it and to be selected as a Coller Capital Scholar as well! My husband was shouting and dancing when we found out.”

She welcomed the newest addition to her family this August and looks forward to completing her degree in 2020.

“I’m deeply humbled and sincerely thankful for this lifechanging opportunity. This has been a god send.”

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Jul 11, 2019

Society Awards 44 Scholarships for 2019/20 Year

Thanks to the generosity of our Pathways Partners and this year's Fund-A-Scholar donors at the English Ball, St. George’s Society awarded 44 scholarships to final-year students at Lehman and Hunter Colleges for the 2019/20 academic year.

In addition to much-needed financial support, the Society also provides enrichment opportunities for past and present recipients of the award. This initiative focuses on providing direction and support for success beyond graduation, with an emphasis on career guidance, leadership, goal setting and character-building skills.

“We are thrilled to see the mentoring initiative come to life for our scholars and alumni community. As well as benefiting the mentees, it offers members the chance to contribute to shaping the future of young professionals.”
— David Drinkwater, Scholarship Committee Chair

As a part of this program, the Society will host a Career Enhancement Workshop on Tuesday 24th September. The interactive workshop will offer breakout sessions that cover a variety of topics, including professional development, how to network effectively, and building a LinkedIn profile.

We are seeking mentors for St. George’s Society scholars. The time commitment for this volunteer role is flexible, and mentors and mentees will be paired accordingly. Many of our scholars have specific interests in the areas of medicine, law, social work, finance, psychology and education.

If you are interested in attending our Career Enhancement Workshop or becoming a Mentor, please contact Eliane Abou-Assi at eliane@stgeorgessociety.org.

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Apr 15, 2019

Meet Lystona

Lystona in the classroom
Lystona in the classroom

As a 6th grade math teacher, Lystona is already living her dream. Born to a Jamaican mother and a Kittian father, she always wanted to be a teacher. Her childhood tutor inspired her love for math—making a once complicated subject fun and approachable.

At the urging of her parents, she began college as a pre-nursing student, but after two years, came to the realization that it was not the path for her. It took four more years of working multiple jobs and starting her own tutoring business before she returned to Hunter College to pursue a dual-B.A./M.A. in Adolescent Mathematics Education.

Her scholarship from St. George’s Society funded the entirety of her final year’s tuition.

“When I went back to school, I was working and commuting a lot just to get by. I had a little help along the way, but St. George’s Society was the saving grace I desperately needed.”

Having graduated in the spring of 2018, she now teaches at a pre-college academy in the South Bronx and still runs her tutoring company, Play.Math.Grow. Of her work, she says:

I strive to invest in my community members’ collective well-being so that they can use their healthy energy to transform themselves, their families and their communities. I believe that a classroom should never be limited in its exploration—that personal confidence is an integral component of success, that reciprocity at any scale can change the world, and that respect for self and others promotes peace.

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