In 2008, St. George’s Society established a youthful dimension to our giving with a scholarship program at Lehman College, part of The City University of New York. The first contributor was Mark C. Pigott, KBE, who gave $50,000 to launch the project.
Lehman has over 12,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are from Commonwealth countries, making the college a good strategic partner for the Society. Our scholarship program assists promising students who have achieved excellent academic standing in their first three years but due to financial hardship are unable to complete their final year of undergraduate studies.
Since 2008, the Society has awarded over 200 scholarships to students of British and Commonwealth origin. Our aim is to award full tuition scholarships to more students every year enabling them to complete their studies and launch their careers.
In 2010 the Mountbatten Institute, an organization that runs international educational exchange programs, created a one-year internship to be awarded to one St. George’s scholarship recipient per year. The selected student must be majoring in business or a related subject and will participate in a carefully designed, one-year training program in London that provides an opportunity to learn about British, European and international business practices and to experience immersion in British culture.
"The Society's scholarships are vital to the future of these students. Their stories are part of the proud mission of The City University of New York to provide access to excellence for those who come here in search of freedom and opportunity." Dr. Ricardo R. Fernández, President, Lehman College
“Having visited Lehman and met many of the St. George’s scholars, I have heard firsthand how vital this program is. I hope that the scholarship fund will continue to grow and flourish so that we can help more young people achieve their professional aspirations”. HRH The Duke of Gloucester, KG, GCVO. Royal Patron, St. George’s Society