Steve George will soon join
the student body at Americas most prestigious university.
The Memorial B.Ed. student has been accepted into the two-year
master of theological studies program starting in the fall at
Harvards storied Cambridge, MA, campus.
Ironically, getting accepted into Harvard has been the easy part
for Mr. George. Finding the money to pay for life in Cambridge
has so far been extremely difficult.
While Harvard will pay Mr. Georges tuition for the first
year a cost of US$16,400 he has been unable to
find funding sources to help defray his living expenses.
So far, only Memorial President Dr. Axel Meisen and St. Johns
West MP Loyola Hearn have responded to Mr. Georges requests
and offered to help find sources of funding.
The idea of attending Harvard was first suggested to Mr. George
by a visiting professor in Memorials Folklore Department,
Leonard Primiano, who was a graduate of the same Harvard program.
Despite Mr. Primianos encouragement, Mr. George didnt
act on his suggestion immediately. Instead, he went about completing
his BA in Folklore and English at Memorial and a BA in Political
Studies at Bishops University.
It wasnt until he returned to Memorial and enrolled in
the B.Ed. program that Mr. George again thought about Harvard.
I thought, what the hell, Ill apply, he said.
A couple of weeks ago, I heard back from them and, lo and
behold, Ive been accepted for the program and theyre
giving me full tuition for a year.
Now, Mr. George will spend the rest of the spring and summer
scrambling to find money to feed and house himself while at Harvard.