Aug 4, 2017

Scholarship Program expands to Hunter College

The Society has awarded more than 250 scholarships
The Society has awarded more than 250 scholarships

As St. George’s Society approaches the 10-year anniversary of the Scholarship Program in 2018, we are delighted to welcome students from Hunter College, part of the City University of New York. This expansion would not be possible without the ongoing support of members, donors and people like you.

Hunter is one of the oldest public colleges in the United States, founded in 1870 by Irish immigrant Thomas Hunter as a teacher-training school for women. It now enrolls more than 23,000 students annually, pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 170 areas of study. Ranked 11th among public universities in the northern US by U.S. News & World Report, Hunter College is the only one in the nation whose roster of alumni includes two female Nobel laureates in medicine.

In the spring of this year, the Society awarded 19 scholarships to Hunter students continuing our legacy of giving. Scholarship Committee Chair, Dr. Paul Beresford-Hill commented, “This expansion of the [Scholarship Program] provides access to education for more students who lack the financial means to complete their studies.”

Later this summer, the Society will award scholarships for the Fall 2017 intake totaling more than $820,000 given over the history of the Scholarship Program. As we welcome this next group of scholars, we thank you for your continued support of St. George’s Society’s efforts to enrich the lives of people in need.


May 8, 2017

English Ball raises over $85,000 for scholarships

2016 Scholars at English Ball
2016 Scholars at English Ball

St. George’s Society of New York hosted its annual gala, the English Ball, on 3 May at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. This year the Society honored two remarkable women for their impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic: Natalie T. Pray, noted philanthropist and the first and only female President in the Society’s 247-year history, and Antonia Romeo, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Permanent Secretary of the Department for International Trade.

In addition to celebrating the outstanding achievements of the honorees, the Society held a “Fund-A-Scholar” auction conducted by C. Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby’s.  This year’s auction raised over $85,000 for the Society’s Scholarship Program, allowing us to continue providing support for well-deserving students.

Preceding the auction, 2016 scholar Sana spoke about her journey from Pakistan to Lehman College, and how her scholarship has allowed her to get a step closer to her goal of becoming a cardiac surgeon. You may remember her story from our August report.

She shared with attendees:

[The scholarship] gave me the opportunity to quit my job and dedicate my time towards internships, research groups, and mentoring programs—all of which actively support my education and career aspirations. Since that time, I am proud to share that I have co-authored three scientific papers and participated in a study abroad program to Australia, all while maintaining a 3.96 GPA. None of this would have been possible without the St. George’s Society Scholarship Program.

Education is something I believe everyone should have access to. I hope to inspire future generations to pursue their dreams, no matter what barriers they may face.

In entering my senior year, I thank St. George’s Society and their supporters for believing in me and providing me with the stepping-stone to becoming a cardiac surgeon.

I know I speak for all of [the scholars] when I express my most sincere gratitude and tell you that this program has changed our lives.

Through your contributions, St. George’s Society remains Lehman College’s largest scholarship benefactor, and in the fall will welcome the inaugural class of scholars from Hunter College, also in the CUNY system.

On behalf of the scholars and St. George’s Society, thank you for your support. 

Sana speaking at English Ball
Sana speaking at English Ball


Feb 7, 2017

Scholarship Case Study: Esthelle from Ghana

2016 Scholar: Esthelle from Ghana
2016 Scholar: Esthelle from Ghana

Esthelle is majoring in Biological Sciences at Lehman College and her long-term goal is to pursue a career in medicine. Esthelle is also passionate about helping low-income students succeed in the classroom and one day hopes to launch an organization that provides access to good quality education and mentoring for less fortunate children. Esthelle was awarded a St. George’s Society Scholarship in July 2016 and will graduate this summer. 

Esthelle’s story in her words: 

“Growing up in Ghana I realized that kids who are raised in financially unstable homes are often marginalized by society. As a result, these kids usually lose hope in life and go wayward, either not finishing school, joining gangs, or never seeing any of their dreams become realities. 

Moving to the South Bronx, I realized my experiences in Africa were the same as in the United States. In my opinion, society fails to provide low-income kids who struggle in school the necessary support and tools needed to be successful in life. At an early age, when these students do not have positive or supportive experiences in school or from their parents, they can be viewed as failures and rejected by society. 

After attending college and pursuing medicine, I want to launch an organization that aids low-income kids by providing after school tutoring, opportunities to visit colleges, and find the right mentors they need to be the next Michelle Obama or Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.. 

Thanks to the St. George’s Society Scholarship, I am one step closer to my overall goal of being a great mentor to kids, not only in the US but in Ghana as well.” 

Since the St. George’s Society Scholarship Program began in 2008, it has awarded 249 scholarships totaling over $720,000 and in 2013 the Society became Lehman College’s largest benefactor. In 2017, the Society plans to expand the program to include Hunter College, also in the CUNY system. 

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