Help a deserving student in NYC earn a degree

by St. George's Society of New York
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Hugh Hildesley conducts the Fund-A-Scholar Auction
Hugh Hildesley conducts the Fund-A-Scholar Auction

St. George's Society hosted its annual gala, the English Ball, on 27 April at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. The event marked the Society’s 246th anniversary and honored three distinguished individuals who are making an impact on the Anglo-American community on both sides of the Atlantic: Sir Martin Sorrell, Founder and Chief Executive of WPP, Danny Lopez, Her Majesty’s Consul General in New York and Dr. Amanda Foreman, award-winning historian and columnist.

Each year at the event, there is an auction to raise money for scholarships. Before the auction a video was shown about 2013 scholar Edmund, who attended the event with his wife Kumiko. Edmund graduated from Lehman College in 2014 with a degree in Social Work and is now working as a career development specialist and studying for a Master's degree in Public Administration at Baruch College. Last November he participated in the hand cycle division of the New York City Marathon to give back and raise money for more students like himself.

At this year's event the "Fund-A-Scholar" auction conducted by Hugh Hildesley of Sotheby's raised $110,000. This will allow us to award more scholarships for the coming academic year. The Society's scholarship committee will meet over the summer to review applications put forward by Lehman College's Financial Aid office.

Next month our 2015 scholarship recipients will celebrate their commencement. Kashfia from Bangladesh will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Biology taking her one step closer to making her dream of becoming a cancer specialist a reality. Alia from Jamaica, whose ambition is to be a math teacher, will graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics; the scholarship from St. George's Society allowed her to take a leave of absence from her job and focus on completing her student teaching internship at New World High School in the Bronx.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

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St. George's scholar Edmund and his wife Kumiko
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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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.

 

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

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