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.

The 2022/23 committee raised an astonishing £22,588, which brings the donations to date to the Thomas Gresham Bursary Award to £198,482 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.

The 2023/24 Thomas Gresham committee is striving to ‘empower dreams, fund futures’.

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.