Help a deserving student in NYC earn a degree

by St. George's Society of New York
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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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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Lehman College Commencement Ceremony
Lehman College Commencement Ceremony

Over 3,000 graduates earned degrees at Lehman College's 47th Commencement Ceremony last month, including over 30 St. George's Society scholarship recipients.

23 year-old St. George's Society scholar Nabila from the United Kingdom graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. She has recently moved to Michigan where she will volunteer at the Henry Ford Hospital and study for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Nabila plans to enroll in medical school in early 2017 and says: “I want to make something of my life and give back to the people who have given me so much. The St. George’s Society scholarship has helped me in more ways than I could possibly explain and allowed me to pursue my lifelong dream of a career in medicine.”

President of Lehman College, Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández adds “Lehman College prides itself on being a place of transformation. On our campus students turn their dreams into reality. The generosity and the vision of St. George’s Society enables us to help our students fulfill those dreams, broaden their horizons, and grow intellectually engaged citizens.” 

Later this summer, the Society's scholarship committee will be meeting to review applications for financial assistance from current Lehman College students and thanks to your support we will be able to help more young people earn their degrees and launch their careers.

2014 St. George
2014 St. George's Society Scholar, Alia

In a recent Lehman College newsletter, President Dr. Ricardo Fernandez reported on 2014 highlights:

Scholarships continue to grow at Lehman College and impact the lives of our students. Last year the St. George’s Society generously awarded $106,000 in scholarship funds to 38 students. Since its inception in 2008, the St. George’s Society Scholarship Program has awarded $529,000 to nearly 200 students who hail from British and Commonwealth countries.”  

This would not have been possible without the support of generous donors like you.

The Society's 2014 scholars, including Alia from Antigua, look forward to celebrating their commencement in May. Alia spent much of her younger life in the foster care system in the United States and having seen many others in care drop out of high school, she was determined to get a good education and become a contributing member of the community.

Using savings and student loans to support herself, Alia is currently a senior in the Social Work program at Lehman College with certification in Child Abuse and Maltreatment as well as Suicide Prevention. Alia is active in her local community and has participated in volunteer programs such as the Lehman College Childcare Center and The Bronx is Blooming. Alia has children of her own including a son with developmental delays. This has inspired her to pursue a career working with children with special needs and she is currently an intern at Spuyten Duyvil preschool for children with developmental delays. Alia is grateful for the support provided by St. George’s Society that has helped pay for her final year at Lehman College and when she graduates this year, she intends to go to graduate school to earn her master’s degree in Social Work.

St. George's Society's scholarship committee will be meeting in the summer to review new applications for financial aid for the coming academic year and we look forward to sharing their stories with you.

Thank you for your support!

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Jonathan Haward from The Online Book Company
Jonathan Haward from The Online Book Company

Last month, Lehman College hosted an event for St. George's Society scholarship recipients and alumni to launch an online book profiling the Society's scholars. The book includes a welcome from the Society's Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester and was made possible by The Online Book Company in England who donated their services to create the book. It was demonstrated at the event by the company's Founder, Jonathan Haward.

Since the scholarship program was launched in 2008, St. George's Society has awarded 198 scholarships. Each scholar has been offered the opportunity to use the book to share what the Society's financial assistance has meant to them and how it has affected their lives. 2010 scholarship recipient Jason from Jamaica wrote: "I am truly grateful to St. George’s for helping me move closer to making my ambition a reality. My experiences through the St. Georges Society have allowed me to gain the confidence and perspective to achieve all my aspirations."

By telling classmates and fellow scholars as well as members and supporters of the Society about their experiences others will learn how this initiative makes a significant difference in people's lives. 

Thank you for supporting St. George's Soceity's scholarship program. Click on the link below to view the book online and learn more about our scholars.

Scholars reviewing the online book
Scholars reviewing the online book

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St. George's Society of New York

Location: New York, NY - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.stgeorgessociety.org
Project Leader:
Samantha Hamilton
New York, NY United States