Myra Jacobs ’11

Student George School Fund Committee Member*
“I like giving back because I really love George School. I want to help give that experience to other students who might need financial aid to attend.”

What do you value about your George School education?

Everything. I would not be where I am today, with an IB diploma and a scholarship that will pay for college without George School. I was really shy, and George School helped me grow up, figure out what I want to do, be confident, speak out, and become myself. It really prepared me for college. History classes provided so many different perspectives. Language classes helped me become almost fluent in Spanish. And all the writing we did in English classes definitely taught me to write. I’m so happy I had a chance to go there.

Did you enjoy making calls for the George School Fund Phonathon?

I like explaining to people how their contributions support students like me, because I couldn’t have gone to George School without aid provided by the George School Fund. I’ve had great, long conversations with alumni from different generations. You hear a lot of stories and get different perspectives on the same place. In a lot of cases, our experiences were similar. Even when they were different, I always found something we had in common, so I always felt a connection with the alumni I talked to.

Why do you give to the Annual Fund?

I was able to go to George School because of the George School Fund, so I feel it’s really important to contribute to it. I like giving back because I really love George School. I want to help give that experience to other students who might need financial aid to attend. Even though I can’t contribute much now, I hope to give more in the future.

More about Myra:

Originally from St. Vincent but now living in Vermont, Myra was a dorm prefect and a member of the Student Activities Board, Student George School Fund Committee, and SAGE, all while working towards her IB diploma. In 2011, she was named a Gates Millennium Scholar for her academic achievement, community service, and leadership potential and will use her scholarship towards her education at Connecticut College.

* Having worked to raise funds for and awareness of the George School Fund during her four years at George School, Myra understands that giving whatever you can afford—even as a student—shows that you value your George School experience and helps the school garner contributions from foundations and other donors.