Impact of Giving

New residence honours trailblazing couple

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: July 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events , Innovation , Tribute Gifts



UNB’s newest student residence in Saint John will honour two key figures in the campus’ history, Dr. Barry Beckett and the late Dr. Flora Beckett. The Becketts joined UNB Saint John in 1966. Barry became a chemistry professor and campus registrar. Flora became a mathematics professor and director of the Math Help Centre. They helped build an identity for the campus based upon research excellence and community engagement.The 40,000-sq.ft, geothermally heated Barry and Flora Beckett...

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My exciting year on the Fredericton campus

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: July 2, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni Annual Giving , News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



As I look back on this very unusual semester, I am so grateful to be a UNB student. Thanks in large part to supportive alumni like you and the UNB Alumni Legacy Award, I have been able to make the most of attending university in challenging times. My scholarship allowed me to take advantage of more experiential learning opportunities on campus. Thanks to small class sizes and the ability to get to know my instructors, I was offered a teaching assistant position this past semester with Valerie...

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My four years at UNB Saint John

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Posted: June 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events , Alumni Annual Giving



It is finally here: the feeling I have been working towards for four years now. As I handed in my last assignment, I couldn’t help but think about what the last four years here at UNB Saint John have looked like. I'll always fondly remember the bus trips to away games with the Seawolves soccer team - and even the late nights I spent studying and doing the work I never quite got finished on the bus! My life has changed so much in the last four years, and I have this school and everyone...

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Happy Birthday Lord Beaverbrook!

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: May 25, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events


Today, May 25, we celebrate the 141st birthday of one of New Brunswick's most generous philanthropists and the 100th anniversary of the prestigious Beaverbrook Scholarships he established at UNB. Tune into the Beaverbrook Art Gallery's Facebook page to watch UNB doctoral candidate, John Leroux, as he takes us through Beaverbrook's fascinating history at UNB and the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Learn more about Beaverbrook's impact.

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UNB announces Currie Scholars for 2020-21

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Posted: May 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , Scholarships and Bursaries , News and Events



Four high school students are winners of the prestigious Currie Scholarships at the University of New Brunswick. The scholarships, valued at $65,000 each, were established in 2004 by one of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists, UNB Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Richard J. Currie. Each year, the Currie Scholarships recognize and pay tribute to Atlantic Canadian high school students for their leadership skills, community involvement, and academic success. This...

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COVID-19 Student Relief Fund: Report

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: May 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



Eight weeks ago, UNB President Paul Mazerolle established the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund. Thanks in large part to the generosity of donors like you, $711,163 has already been granted to 2,221 students in need, helping them finish out their semester and in some cases, meet their final degree requirements. We in Financial Aid have seen the impact of your generosity firsthand, and we want to extend a personal thank you for the difference you have made in these students’...

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A letter on behalf of students affected by COVID-19

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: May 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



My name is Patrick Hickey, fourth-year bachelor of science student and president of the Students’ Representative Council on UNB’s Saint John campus. I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the ways my fellow UNB students are being affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Many students on both campuses have lost their part-time and summer employment because of COVID-19. As I am sure you remember from your own time as a student, employment can be vital for making ends meet....

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Students at UNB receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

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Posted: April 29, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , Scholarships and Bursaries , News and Events


Jessica Dean of Bedford, N.S., and Stephen White of Saint John, N.B., have been named the University of New Brunswick’s newest recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarships for 2020-21. Launched in 2012 by Canadian business leader and philanthropist Seymour Schulich, this annual scholarship program encourages promising high school graduates to embrace STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in their future careers. This year, Schulich Leader Nominees from...

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UNB alumni match COVID-19 Student Relief Fund donations

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Posted: April 17, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Alumni Annual Giving , Donor Stories , News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



Dear Alumni, In these uncertain times, I hope that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. As you may be aware, last month UNB’s president Paul Mazerolle created a special COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to support students who have been directly impacted by the coronavirus crisis. The response from students has been overwhelming. The need for these funds to help ease the hardships many now confront is real and urgent. We at the UNB Associated Alumni have been touched and...

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The COVID-19 Student Relief Fund

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Posted: April 8, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



Support the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund today. The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented situation of urgent financial need among UNB’s students. In response to this crisis, President Paul Mazerolle has created the COVID-19 Student Relief Fund to help support UNB students who have been directly impacted, particularly those far from home and in isolation on campus. Students have already begun to benefit from the emergency fund. While individual students’ circumstances...

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Making health care more accessible

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Posted: March 5, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Alumni Annual Giving , Innovation



After completing her doctoral studies in Demography at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel), Dr. Anat Ziv knew she wanted to make her primary research focus the health status of the working age population. Thanks to the Purdy Crawford/Stephen Jarislowsky Postdoctural Fellow in Health Policy, she was able to do that by coming to the University of New Brunswick.Drawing in part on data from national health surveys, Dr. Ziv is illuminating the main obstacles to health care access and...

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A dedication to students

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: February 20, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , Donor Stories , Bequests , News and Events , Scholarships and Bursaries



Catherine Sutherland (BA '78, BBA '94) has a long history of commitment to UNB, and she has ensured that dedication will continue for years to come.   A UNB family Catherine comes from a UNB family, and because her father didn’t finish his degree at UNB, it was important to him that Catherine had the opportunity to finish hers. Like her late husband Gerald, Catherine came from humble beginnings. While a student at UNB, Catherine always worked part-time to avoid incurring a large...

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Brothers and business scholars

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Posted: February 6, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Scholarships and Bursaries , Alumni Annual Giving , Creating Opportunities for Students



For two brothers from Saint Andrews, the true connection to each other was cemented halfway around the world.For approximately 18 months, Blake and Kent Ross toured Australia, a low-budget, post-high school adventure that sometimes involved living out of their car while they worked odd jobs. It taught them about life, helped them realize their goals and allowed them to gain a greater appreciation for Canada. It’s a unique bond that continued to flourish at UNB Saint John, where both...

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Building a better New Brunswick

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Posted: January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Innovation



One of many new initiatives Dr. Herb Emery has spearheaded in his three plus years as the Vaughan Chair in Regional Economics, the recently established Atlantic Institute for Policy Research (AIPR) will be an invaluable resource in the Chair’s efforts to inform policy development in the region. The Institute will help government and members of the public better understand the factors capable of influencing growth in the province and beyond.As the director of the AIPR, Dr. Emery...

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Driving change for women at UNB

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: January 2, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Innovation , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events



What started as a simple conversation about biology midterms has turned into a defining conference for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University of New Brunswick.   Girls STEM Up Jill Lamb (BSc ’19), who chaired the J.D. Irving, Limited, 2019 Girls STEM Up Conference, believes the event sparked an important discussion on gender inequity in the STEM fields and will be an important stepping stone for female students who are focused on entering...

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The McLean family legacy

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: December 30, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , Tribute Gifts , Bequests , Creating Opportunities for Students , Donor Stories , News and Events



Alan and Joyce McLean always believed in the importance of sharing – not just their financial resources, but also of themselves.Alan, or “Al,” was born and raised in Saint John. One of five children with a widowed mother, Al and his siblings all worked to keep the family afloat, and he learned early that it is important to both work hard and look out for the well-being of others. Al’s strong work ethic led him to become a successful businessman. He was president of...

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Celebrating GivingTuesday at UNB!

Development and Donor Relations

Posted: December 2, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

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



It's GivingTuesday! On Tuesday, Dec. 3, UNB is joining the 24-hour, worldwide fundraising effort celebrating philanthropy! Thanks to support from donors like you, our students have more opportunities to succeed with scholarships and bursaries, library resources and more. Be a part of GivingTuesday We asked alumni why they give and here is what they said: John: "My wife and I graduated from UNB in 1986 and 1987 respectively and then began our professional careers to obtain our Chartered...

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Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant announced during opening of Psychological Wellness Centre’s new location at UNB

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: November 29, 2018 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: News and Events , Donor Stories



FREDERICTON, NB, November 29, 2018 – The Psychological Wellness Centre (PWC) at the University of New Brunswick is pleased to receive a $19,500 Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund grant to help expand the PWC’s group therapy program for adolescents and teens. The grant was announced during the opening of the Centre’s new location in the C.C. Jones Student Services Centre. The PWC’s trans-diagnostic program helps teens who have symptoms of depression and/or anxiety but...

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Harrison McCain Foundation Faculty Award recipients announced for 2018

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: November 20, 2018 4:10:00 PM AST

Category: News and Events



Twenty-two faculty members at UNB have increased research, publishing and teaching support for the 2018-19 academic year, thanks to funding from the Harrison McCain Faculty Awards. The awards are focused in four areas: young scholars, conference and research travel, visiting professorships and scholarly book publishing. They were initially established in 2006 with a grant of $1 million from the Harrison McCain Foundation, and renewed with an additional $1.25 million in 2016. The awards...

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Scholarships help set the stage for success

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: November 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students



Photo: Nick McCullum, Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Statistics 2018, Apohaqui, NB As Nick McCullum reflects on the steps he took toward becoming president of Houston-based Sure Dividend, he credits those who helped him make important decisions and gain critical experience during his four years at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Engaging professors were open to his questions, offering advice and supporting his early transition from biology to math and statistics....

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Matching Gift Program for Beaverbrook Scholars Award

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: October 31, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



The Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation announced a $300,000 commitment, and potentially $500,000, to match donations to the Beaverbrook Scholars Award, which supports outstanding graduates of New Brunswick High Schools beginning an undergraduate degree at UNB.“The continued support from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation helps to level the financial playing field for our top students,” says UNB President Eddy Campbell. “We are so thankful and proud for the Foundation’s...

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Bob and Barbara Pickett support research facility for adaptive rehabilitation engineering at UNB

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Posted: October 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Donor Stories , News and Events



The Institute of Biomedical Engineering (IBME) at UNB will be adding new space for the Centre for Adaptive Rehabilitation Engineering thanks to the generosity of alumnus Bob Pickett (BSc CE ’61, MSc CE ’63) and his wife, Barbara. The Picketts’ leadership gift of $400,000 has leveraged $4.5 million from the Province of New Brunswick and the Canada Foundation for Innovation. This funding will be used to construct a new wing at R.N. Scott Hall and to purchase the technology...

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Restored stained glass windows revealed at UNB

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: October 11, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events



In a project that took two years and more than 2,000 work hours, the stained glass windows at UNB’s Memorial Hall are now fully restored to their former glory. The freshly restored windows were unveiled at a public celebration on Thursday, made possible with gifts from generous donors. Essential to the project was a stained glass artist who had the knowledge and expertise to work with old glass on an architectural scale. UNB Art Centre director Marie Maltais found a qualified...

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UNB’s It Begins Here campaign celebrates raising $125 million

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: September 28, 2018 1:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Creating Opportunities for Students , Donor Stories , News and Events



The University of New Brunswick wrapped up the largest fundraising campaign in its history on Sept. 28, 2018 with a bi-campus victory party that gave students 125 million reasons to celebrate. It Begins Here: The Campaign for the University of New Brunswick was launched in November 2016 with the goal of raising $110 million for student support and faculty research. “10,000 alumni worldwide joined in to help bring us to this moment,” said Dr. Eddy Campbell, UNB president and...

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Indspire, CIBC launch new bursaries for Indigenous students

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: September 11, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students , Donor Stories , Scholarships and Bursaries



Indigenous students enrolling in the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton and Saint John now have access to a special bursary program, thanks to a $500,000 gift from CIBC to UNB’s It Begins Here campaign. The CIBC-University of New Brunswick Indigenous Bursaries will be awarded to undergraduates with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students enrolled in Bachelor of Business Administration programs. The bursaries are open to First Nations, Inuit and...

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OSCO funds research in off-site construction at UNB

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: September 6, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Donor Stories , News and Events



OSCO Construction Group is investing $2 million in the University of New Brunswick to establish a new Centre for Off-site Construction and to fund research led by the new OSCO Chair in Off-site Construction. In contrast to conventional “stick-built” construction at a jobsite, off-site construction consists of planning, designing and fabricating building elements in a factory-controlled environment for rapid assembly in a “plug-and-play” fashion at the jobsite. Off-site...

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Students at UNB receive Canada’s largest STEM scholarship

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: August 22, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , News and Events , Creating Opportunities for Students



Geoffrey Noseworthy of Lewisporte, Nfld., and Anna Postill of Toronto have been named the University of New Brunswick’s recipients of the prestigious Schulich Leader Scholarship. This year, out of a pool of 350,000 potential candidates across Canada, 1,400 students were nominated, of which 50 received this celebrated award. Mr. Noseworthy, 18, is a recipient of the $80,000 Schulich Leader Scholarship. A graduate of Lewisporte Collegiate, Mr. Noseworthy attended SHAD, Encounters with...

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UNB opens new home for kinesiology

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: August 1, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events



The University of New Brunswick held the official ribbon cutting event for the new Kinesiology Building at UNB Fredericton this morning. This 60,000-sq. ft., $36-million building will create a nationally significant research cluster focused on health, wellness, physical fitness and health promotion that will establish New Brunswick as a leader in preventative health care. “In addition to the many initiatives and programs at UNB focused on preventative healthcare, this expansion has...

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UNB announces recipients of Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarships for 2018

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: June 18, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events


The University of New Brunswick Saint John today announced that New Brunswick students, Emily Derrah of Grand Bay-Westfield, Alicia Killam of Quispamsis, and Amelia McCavour of Quispamsis are this year’s recipients of the Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship valued at $40,000 ($10,000 per year for four years). This year’s scholars come to UNB Saint John with a history of exemplary achievements as community leaders, athletes and students. Emily Derrah, a Harbour View High...

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UNB and JDI announce 2018 scholarship recipients

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: June 6, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events



The University of New Brunswick and J.D. Irving, Limited are pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the JDI NB Scholarship at UNB. New Brunswick students Noah Hartery of Grand Bay-Westfield, Bailey McFadden of Perth-Andover, and Alex Tozer of Miramichi will all attend UNB’s Fredericton campus in September to pursue degrees in engineering. The entrance scholarships are valued at $8,000 and are renewable each year up to a total of $32,000, based on academic performance. “This...

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UNB announces Currie Scholars for 2018-19

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: May 15, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events



For more than a decade, the Currie Scholarships have recognized the significant and important contributions made by Atlantic Canadian students to their high schools and communities. The scholarships, valued at $65,000 each, were established by Dr. Richard J. Currie, UNB’s Chancellor Emeritus and one of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists. The goal is to salute Atlantic Canadian students for their community dedication, leadership skills and academic...

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UNB celebrates 125th anniversary of Faculty of Law with successful gala dinner

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: April 23, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events



This year, the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick celebrates its 125th year. In honour of the milestone, over 350 alumni, faculty, students and guests attended a gala dinner last Saturday, April 21, at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton. “Tonight we celebrate not only our long and distinguished history,” said Dean John Kleefeld in his opening remarks, “but also the many people who have made UNB Law the fine school it is today.” Early in the evening, UNB Law...

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Shannex donates $100,000 to establish nursing scholarships at UNB

UNB Development and Donor Relations

Posted: April 17, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Donor Stories , Creating Opportunities for Students , News and Events , Scholarships and Bursaries



Thanks to the support of Shannex, University of New Brunswick nursing students showing promise in the area of gerontological nursing will be eligible for three Shannex New Brunswick Scholarships beginning in September. The Shannex New Brunswick Scholarships were announced today at a news conference at Parkland Saint John hosted by Jason Shannon, president and chief operating officer of Shannex, Eddy Campbell, president of the University of New Brunswick, and David Ganong, co-chair of...

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Harrison McCain Foundation provides new opportunities for UNB faculty members

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: August 10, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events



Photo: Sophie Lavoie, associate professor and chair of culture & media studies at UNB, will publish Constructing Memory: Latino-Canadian Women Writers in the New Millennium with the support of a Harrison McCain Grant in Aid of Scholarly Book Publishing. (Rob Blanchard / Photo UNB) Twenty-three faculty members at UNB have increased research, publishing and teaching support, thanks to funding from the Harrison McCain Faculty Awards at the University of New Brunswick. The awards, initially...

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Two New Purdy Crawford Fellowships in Public Policy will support applied research with immediate impact

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: May 29, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: News and Events



The University of New Brunswick has launched a prestigious postdoctoral fellowship program to honour one of Canada’s most respected business leaders, the late Dr. Purdy Crawford, CC. Watch a Tribute to Purdy Crawford video The Purdy Crawford/TD Bank Postdoctoral Fellowship in Accessibility supports UNB researchers who will help ensure that the people of New Brunswick have access to education, health care and other programs and services that will enable them to reach their full potential...

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Fredericton family creates scholarship endowment at the University of New Brunswick

Development and Donor Relations, UNB

Posted: April 21, 2017 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Donor Stories , News and Events , Scholarships and Bursaries , Creating Opportunities for Students



Siblings Bob, Tim, John and Iris Bliss were all active students when they attended the University of New Brunswick’s Fredericton campus in the 1950s – they participated in student societies and sports teams, and excelled academically. In the years since graduating, their ties to their alma mater have remained strong. From their support of athletics facilities and teams, to leadership with the Beaverbrook Scholars award committee, to service with the UNB Alumni Association and the...

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