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. Last year’s 2019-2020 committee took the reins and hosted the annual Thomas Gresham Quiz night, raising over £15,000 for the Bursary Fund. They also entertained with their role running the raffle and ‘Heads and Tails’ game for last year’s Spring Fling.

Current donations to the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award are at £102,000 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 visit the Shaping Our Future website.

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.