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Young Rothesay resident recognized for leadership at UNB Saint John with Primrose Scholarship

Author: Communications

Posted on Jun 8, 2010

Category: UNB Homepage , UNB Saint John

Amanda Bishop, a recent graduate at Rothesay High School, has spent most of her young life finding ways to have a positive impact on the lives of others. Her leadership in the classroom, in varsity sports and in the community made her a natural choice for this year's Primrose Scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

A high academic achiever, Amanda has participated in many varsity sports including soccer and basketball, where as a junior, she was part of a provincial championship team. Impressively, her focus and success in her school activities have not kept her away from a wide range of worthy causes in her community. She has been a volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Kennebecasis Library and as a tutor.

Her volunteer work in literacy and tutoring has given Ms. Bishop a keen sense of the value of education. To the selection committee of the Primrose Scholarship she wrote, "Every person has the right to learn, and the right to an education. Having an education opens doors....and teaches one about the true path of their life. It is essential that we value education."

Amanda's community spirit and her belief in the power of education will be a great benefit to her as she pursues her science degree at UNB Saint John. She hopes one day to attend medical school so that she can continue to make a difference.

"The Primrose Scholarship was created to help young leaders in our community to reach their full potential," said Dr. John Johnson, Chair of the Primrose selection committee. "Amanda's sense of community at such a young age is humbling and a glimpse of the potential we all have to make a difference."

The Primrose Scholarship was created in 2000 by UNB Saint John alumna Sandra Irving to recognize academic achievement, community involvement and athletic leadership. More information about supporting UNB is available online at, by phone at 1-877-UNB-GIVE or email

Established in 1785, UNB is one of the oldest public universities in North America. With more than 12,500 full- and part-time students from more than 100 countries, UNB has the best student-to-faculty ratio of Canada's comprehensive universities, according to Maclean's magazine. As the largest research institution in New Brunswick, UNB conducts over 75% of the province's university research. The university has an annual operating budget of more than $165 million and annually employs more than 3,500 faculty, staff and students. UNB's two main campuses are located in Fredericton and Saint John, New Brunswick.