St. George’s Society of New York has been in close contact with our current 24 scholars to ensure that they remain on track to graduate this May. We’re happy to announce that all of our scholarship recipients are scheduled to graduate on time with two scholars going the extra mile to graduate early.
Congratulations to Genesia W. and Fatoumata D. for their outstanding academic achievements during the 2022 winter term!
Genesia is from Belize and graduated from Queens College with a degree in Speech Pathology. She plans to apply to graduate school this spring to pursue her dream of becoming a speech pathologist for disabled children. Fatoumata is from The Gambia and graduated from Lehman College with a degree in Biology. She intends to apply to medical school in pursuit of her ambition to become a physician’s assistant.
SGSNY will host a career enhancement workshop this spring to help our scholars prepare to enter the job market following graduation. The workshop will include talks lead by career professionals on how to develop important skills and how to land a first job. Scholars will also be provided with professional headshots so their online profiles will be looking their best as they each apply for jobs this summer.
Thank you for supporting our scholars and we look forward to sharing their successes as graduation approaches.
By Hastings Hill | Communications & Membership Manager
Lehman College's Oscar Rigamonty at the 2021 Ball
St. George’s Society of New York hosted our annual English Ball at The Pierre on Tuesday 26th October, representing a jubilant return to in-person events after having to cancel last year’s gala. The threat of the first Nor’easter of the winter could not dampen the enthusiasm of our community. The evening raised over $600,000 for our charitable programs with 200 guests celebrating the achievements of our 2021 honorees: Sir Rocco Forte, Chairman of Rocco Forte Hotels, Paula Kerr-Jarrett, noted Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneur, and John Shannon, former Almoner of SGSNY. They received the Medal of Honor, Commonwealth Award and Order of St. George’s Society, respectively.
The dinner opened with loyal toasts led by Danny Wegman, Chairman of Wegman’s Food Markets and Hannah Young, Acting British Consul General in New York. President Frank E. Morgan II outlined the Society’s history of service including our emergency PPE and supply deliveries during the height of last year’s lockdown. He recognized our 2020 honorees: Gregory C. Case, CEO of Aon recipient of The Duke of Gloucester Lifetime Achievement Award, and the late William R. Miller CBE KStJ recipient of the Medal of Honor.
In addition to the award presentations, Hugh Hildesley MBE conducted the “Fund-A-Scholar” Pledge Drive and a live auction featuring luxury vacation packages to the UK and Italy courtesy of Rocco Forte Hotels, Johnny Walker Princes Street, Hamilton & Inches and United Airlines. Both activities raised over $120,000 for SGSNY’s Scholarship Program serving final-year students at CUNY universities across NYC’s five boroughs. Established in 2008, the program aims to help undergraduate students in their final year complete their degrees and launch their careers. SGSNY scholars boast a 98% graduation rate—compared the US average of 45%—with 70% women and 98% Black or people of color.
Preceding the auction, Kerr-Jarrett gave words of encouragement to SGSNY’s scholars, “You can be anything. Set your goals high. You have the support of people like this in the room who are always willing to step up to the plate and who are limitless in their generosity. So go for it, we’re backing you and be the best that you can be.“
“It was wonderful to be back in person at this year’s gala. Our community is passionate about supporting future leaders through our scholarship program” said Clare Risman, Executive Director SGSNY. “We know the need is great, and our ambition is to support 100 CUNY scholars annually by 2028, the 20th anniversary of the program.”
By Eliane Abou-Assi | Community Outreach & Events Manager
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.
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