Fiona was raised by Irish parents in Westchester, New York. Growing up, Fiona spent her summers in Northern Ireland working on the family farm alongside her large network of extended cousins. Her parents have always encouraged her to “not only dream about success, but work for it.” Balancing school with two jobs as a research assistant and patient care technician, Fiona was one of the first people in her family to attend university. Thanks to her scholarship, Fiona was able to graduate with a B.A. in Speech Language Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Early Childhood Education.
From Quetta, Pakistan, Sana’s family sought asylum in the U.S. in 2013 after a deadly suicide bomb attack ravaged her community two years prior. Although acclimating to her new life presented a multitude of challenges, she felt empowered by the opportunity to continue her education. In the spring of 2014, Sana enrolled at Lehman College to pursue her degree in biochemistry. Yet, commuting four hours every day to attend classes and working full-time to cover the cost tuition, books and transportation left both a physical and emotional strain. Her scholarship from St. George’s Society lifted her financial burden and allowed Sana to refocus her efforts on completing her degree and achieving her dream of being a cardiac surgeon.