Impact of Giving

University of New Brunswick graduate credits Beaverbrook Scholarship for extensive involvement

Author: Development & Donor Relations

Posted on May 31, 2019

Category: Alumni Annual Giving , Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students , Donor Stories

Back in late spring on the UNB Fredericton campus, the mid-morning sun broke the lingering crispness in the air as Hannah Meneley juggled another busy day. Dressed in a bright red blazer for a 30-minute photo shoot, the Canterbury native was living UNB life to the fullest, effectively mixing her academic and extracurricular responsibilities. 

Her roles varied from sitting on the Women in Engineering Society’s executive to chairing the Engineering Undergraduate Society’s Engineering Endowment Fund to leading technology workshops for incoming immigrants and refugees with the Multicultural Association of Fredericton.

“If I had any advice to offer it would be to take advantage of as many opportunities as you can,” said Hannah, who graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree.

She credits the Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship for providing her flexibility to stay so involved and enjoy a complete university experience, while easing financial concerns. An exceptional benefit was the connection to a supportive network of current and past Beaverbrook Scholars.

“I whole-heartedly believe in this program. It is incredible,” she said.

She’s starting a career with Cvent, a cloud-based enterprise event management platform in Fredericton and remains committed to the Beaverbrook Scholars with monthly donations to the program.

Hannah Meneley with UNB president Eddy Campbell after her graduation ceremony.

“For me, giving back is very important. That is one of the ideologies that the Beaverbrook Scholarship promotes - we want to give back to our communities in every way that we can.”

Her gift carries a double impact as the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation is matching all donations to the Beaverbrook Scholars Fund, an initiative that has already generated $200,000. Learn more about the matching program.

“This is one of the ways I have chosen to give back to the university,” Hannah explained. “It helps carry on the scholarship so that other people can also enjoy the benefits of it.”

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