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 the 2018/2019 team were equally successful.  Their major fundraising endeavour, delivered with support from the Development Team, the Thomas Gresham Bursary: Remembrance Appeal was dedicated to the 490 Old Paulines who lost their lives in the Great War.

Current donations to the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award are at £63,000 and the first Bursary Award recipient is now attending St Paul’s School.

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.