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The Foundation

Providing St. Paul’s scholarships for talented children

Having provided outstanding English based education in the heart of São Paulo for almost a century, St. Paul’s School has established a firm reputation as a place where strong tradition and innovation combine to allow its pupils to flourish on the global stage.

The foundation's mission is to transform our scholars’ lives with a world-class education giving them access to an excellent curriculum, outstanding pastoral support, within a safe and nurturing environment. Whilst our scholars will receive all of the advantages that St. Paul’s has to offer, they will in turn enrich the school environment with their perspectives on life and achievements.

Our aim is to award full scholarships for talented children living in São Paulo, who have excellent academic records and the grit and determination to excel, to study at St. Paul’s School. We are also proud to define “talented" in the broadest manner, be it in academic subjects, sports, music or the arts. We also aim to support them to enter a university of excellence in Brazil or overseas, giving them the opportunity to make a significant contribution to their own communities and the wider Brazil.

You can read our Articles of Organisation [in Portuguese] here.

Ilustração

Who we are

Anthony Jezzi

Anthony Jezzi

Anthony Jezzi is a former pupil (Old Paulean) and father of one St. Paul’s pupil. He is the CEO of Keytrade Fertilizantes Brasil, with a career spanning close to 30 years in the agri-business sector, having worked previously at SANBRA, Santista Textil, Bunge Fertilizantes and Laferlins. Holds a Bachelor degree in business administration and international commerce from Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie.

Edward Weaver

Edward Weaver

Edward Weaver is chairman of the Board of St. Paul’s School. He is also a former pupil (Old Paulean) and a former parent of the school. Former Co-CEO of Latin American equities at Credit Suisse, he is currently a senior partner at QMS Capital and Habitat Capital Real Estate Fund. He started his career in M&A at NatWest Markets London, and was head of equity distribution for Banco Garantia. Holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering and management from Imperial College London.

Florian Bartunek

Florian Bartunek

Florian Bartunek is a member of the Board of St. Paul’s Foundation and the father of two St. Paul’s pupils. Founding partner and CIO of Constellation Asset Management, he is Vice-President of ProA, one of the largest NGOs for professional education in Brazil, and participates in the boards of Fundação Estudar, Laspau, Lemann Foundation, Museum of Art of São Paulo – MASP, B3 and Nova Escola magazine.

Philip Reade

Philip Reade

Philip Reade is the father of three St. Paul’s pupils. He was head of the Brazilian operations of Marathon Asset Management and a Partner and co-head of the investment team at Tarpon Investments. Currently, he is founder and co-managing partner of Helm Investment. Holds a MBA from Stanford University and a BS in economics from the University of São Paulo (USP).

Maria Amelia Sallum

Maria Amelia Sallum

Maria Amelia Sallum is a member of the Board of Fundação St. Paul’s. She’s worked for over ten years as the managing director of Ismart, a non-profit organization focused on providing education of excellence to low-income academic talents. Previously she has worked in human resources, financial planning and controlling for consumer goods companies such as Procter & Gamble, Gillette and Clorox. She holds a degree in business from FAAP.

Oliver Mizne

Oliver Mizne

Oliver Mizne is a parent of three St. Paul’s School pupils. He is the founder of Pravaler, a student loan program that has financed 130,000 Brazilian university students. He was a board member at Ibmec from 2001 to 2015 and is a graduate from the management and technology program of the University of Pennsylvania.

Marina Edge

Marina Edge

Marina Edge has a professional background in Corporate Communications. Over the last 24 years she has worked in leading companies and agencies, both in-house and as a freelance, taking up Consultancy and Management positions. Between 2013 and 2019 Marina lead Gordonstoun School´s communications, in Scotland. Before moving to Brazil, Marina managed a Charitable Foundation (The Anton Jurgens Charitable Trust) a family Foundation which gifts money to charities in the UK. Marina graduated from Aberdeen University with a degree in International Relations and Spanish in 1996.

Titus Edge

Titus Edge

Titus Edge took up the Headship of St Paul’s School in July 2020. He is a History graduate of Newcastle University and undertook his PGCE in Secondary Education at the University of Oxford. Before joining the school, Titus was the headmaster of Gordonstoun, one of the best-known independent Schools in the United Kingdom. He also has previous teaching and management experience at several other independent schools, such as City of London School and Dulwich College and remains a governor of a leading Prep School in Scotland.

Nelson Sapsezian

Nelson Sapsezian

Nelson Sapsezian is an Old Paulean and joined St. Paul’s in 1978. He is the Senior Administrator of the school and the Bursar & Clerk to the Board of Governors.

Verena Ferreira

Verena Ferreira

Verena Ferreira is the external relations and development manager at St. Paul’s Foundation. Public Relations with a degree in Corporate Communications, she has 12 years of experience in developing PR and communication strategies for national and international companies. Holds a degree in journalism from Universidade Estadual de Londrina.

Ana Paula Rosas

Ana Paula Rosas

Ana Paula Rosas is the Executive Administrator for St. Paul’s Foundation. Working in international education, she developed the Higher Education area in Brazil for the multinational study agency Information Planet. Before that, she worked for 10 years creating content and coordinating teams for national TV and Radio stations. She holds a Bachelor of Communication with emphasis in Journalism from the Federal University of Bahia.

Our history

Created in 2008, the St. Paul’s Foundation offered IB Diploma Programme scholarships for students with excellent grades.

The first foundation scholars joined the school between 2011 and 2014.

In 2018, the foundation’s board decided to create a more proactive selection process, and search for younger candidates, giving more students the chance to access a St. Paul’s education. The new process would not only select but also prepare the students to get to know the school and the curriculum and to enhance their English skills before the final scholar selection.

In December 2018,  the fundation opened its first proactive selection window and had its first 15 candidates. Five of them were selected to the Preparation Course.

In August 2019, the foundation offered places to its two new scholars in Form 5.

Also in 2019, a new selection window broke all the records and received around 200 new applicants, 80 of them being assessed at St. Paul’s School. This year marked also the partnership with Cultura Inglesa, that started offering a whole semester of English lessons for the foundation’s candidates in the Prep Course.

In August 2020, four new scholars were accepted. Three of them started in Form 4 and the other one in Form 5.

In 2020, we have also offered places in our preparatory course to four candidates who will potentially become scholars in 2021.

In February 2021 we started the recruiting process for the 2022 candidates.

St. Paul's School

St. Paul’s was the first British School to be established in São Paulo and continues to offer an Anglo-Brazilian curriculum, embracing the best of both cultures. As an all-through (ages 3-18) co-educational school, offering the IGCSE and IB courses to pupils, St. Paul's is affiliated to a global network of top UK Schools through its membership of HMC (Headmaster’s Conference) and COBIS (Council of British International Schools). Almost 100 years old, St. Paul's draws on its proud heritage as the first British school in Latin America to be recognised as a British School Overseas (BSO) by the UK government. 

The school's aim is to be positive agents of change and help its pupils be caring individuals ready to inspire and mobilise those around them to impact the world for the best. St. Paul's commitment to broad educational experiences opens many opportunities to pupils who go on to leading universities around the world.