Feb 22, 2016

Edmund's Story

Edmund in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon
Edmund in the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

You may remember hearing about St. George' s Society scholar Edmund from Ghana who completed the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon in the handcycle division to raise money for our scholarship program. I thought you would enjoy watching a video about Edmund's story (link below).

This spring we will be launching a new appeal to raise money for future scholars and I hope that we can count on your support once again. Our current scholars will be celebrating their commencement in June and we will be reviewing applications for new scholars over the summer.

Thank you for your continued support!

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Nov 30, 2015

St. George's Scholar participates in NYC marathon

Edmund passes through Brooklyn
Edmund passes through Brooklyn

On Sunday 1st November, St. George's Society scholarship recipient, Edmund, participated in the handcycle category of the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon to raise funds for the charity's scholarship program. 

Edmund contracted polio at a young age in Ghana which led to his physical disability but he has always been determined not to let this hold him back. In 2013, St. George’s awarded Edmund with a scholarship that enabled him to complete his degree in Social Work at Lehman College (part of The City University of New York) and he is now pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Baruch College.

"I am so grateful for the support that I received in my time of need helping me to pay for my tuition and other expenses. Without the assistance of St. George’s Society, it would have been difficult for me to survive. I wanted to use this opportunity to raise funds for more scholars like myself who have the determination to succeed but lack the funds to complete their studies and launch their careers." said Edmund.

Edmund completed the marathon in 1 hour 57 minutes and came 26th in the mens handcycle category. He raised $790 for St. George's Society.

Thank you for supporting our scholarship program.

Edmund at the finish
Edmund at the finish

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Sep 10, 2015

26 New Scholarships Awarded

Kashfia from Bangladesh
Kashfia from Bangladesh

St. George's Society’s Scholarship Committee met in July to review applications for financial assistance from current final-year students at Lehman College (part of CUNY). Thanks to funds raised through GlobalGiving and at the English Ball, the Society's annual gala in April, the Committee awarded 26 scholarships totaling $93,000.

This year’s scholars come from a number of Commonwealth countries, including Bangladesh, Ghana, Jamaica and Nigeria and are majoring in a variety of degrees, such as Nursing, Accounting, Health Education and Sociology.

One example is Kashfia from Bangladesh, whose ambition is to become a cancer specialist. She said that the scholarship will allow her to focus on her studies and help “turn my dream of being a doctor into reality.”  Alia from Jamaica has chosen a career as a math teacher as she is “passionate about education.” She is grateful for the scholarship that will allow her to take a leave of absence from her job and focus on her student teaching internship. 

Since the program began in 2008, St. George's Society has awarded 224 scholarships totaling over $620,000 and in 2013 the Society became Lehman College’s largest benefactor.  Next year, we plan to expand the program to include Hunter College, also in the CUNY system.

Thank you for your support!

Alia from Jamaica
Alia from Jamaica

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