Thomas Gresham Bursary Award

Founded in 2017 by four of our Upper Eighth pupils, the Thomas Gresham Award is a wholly pupil-led appeal, fundraising to provide a 100% bursary for the highest performing boy at 11+ who is in need of financial support.

The award is named after Old Pauline Sir Thomas Gresham (1531-1537) who founded the London Royal Exchange and was Financier to King Edward VI, Queen Mary I and Queen Elizabeth I.

In 2017/2018 the founding committee exceeded all expectations by raising enough funds to cover almost two years’ education for an incoming St Paul’s Juniors pupil and subsequent teams were equally successful.

Last year’s 2020-21 committee faced the unprecedented challenges of fundraising in a virtual world. Still their sense of adventure and creativity led to a successful virtual quiz night, a readathon in the Junior School and running the on-site activities for Giving Day, finishing the year in style with the first Thomas Gresham Appeal Mufti Day.

The 2020/21 committee raised an astonishing £37,951 which brings the current donations to the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award are at £145,815 and two Bursary Award recipients are now attending St Paul’s School.

If you would like to donate to the Thomas Gresham Bursary Fund, please click here.

This 2021/22 committee are striving to provide ‘A quality education, no matter the walk of life’.

I would not have been able to come here had I not been offered a 100% bursary. As I walked rather gingerly across Founder’s Court, I resolved to create a scheme that would increase access to the school, so that boys who were sufficiently bright enough, but were from financially disadvantaged backgrounds, could attend St Paul’s.
Roma, (OP 2013-2018), Founder of the Thomas Gresham Award.