Renée Mayo ’93 was featured in the Oliver Scholars Spotlight in June 2018. A graduate of the Oliver Scholars program and recent addition to the George School Development Office, Renée shares her journey from New York’s Queensbridge Houses (the largest public housing development in North America) to George School, Barnard College, law school at Texas Southern University, and back to George School as a planned giving officer and dorm resident.
“The four years I spent at George School…were transformative. It was here that I learned to ‘let my life speak,’” she said in the interview. “When I graduated, I was a confident, self-assured, and grounded young woman who was ready and prepared to make a difference in the world.”
The feature and Renée’s return to George School reflect the long close relationship between the two institutions. Founded in 1984 by George School graduate John Hoffman ’73, the Oliver Scholars prepares high-achieving Black and Latino students in New York City for success at top independent schools and prestigious colleges. The program counts two George School graduates—Richard Ray ’85 and Tanya Wright ’85—as its very first alumni among more than 1,000 to date.