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UNB to help children of fallen soldiers attend university

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Posted on Jul 5, 2010

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The University of New Brunswick is the first public university in the province to join Project Hero, a program that provides a special four-year undergraduate award to children of Canada’s fallen soldiers.

“Our soldiers make sacrifices every day for freedom and basic human rights,” said UNB President Eddy Campbell. “Many have made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. This award is one way that we can honour them and help support their children.”

Approved by UNB’s academic senates and Board of Governors, the award will cover four years of tuition and two years of residence at UNB at an approximate value of $30,000.

“UNB’s participation in this worthy initiative speaks to the excellent support this community affords our military members and their families," said Colonel Michael Pearson, commander of Canadian Forces Base Gagetown. “We’ve fostered a strong relationship with the university and this is a concrete way for them to demonstrate their appreciation for those who’ve paid dearly to serve our country.”

To be eligible for the award, the recipient must be:

• a citizen or permanent resident of Canada;

• a dependent of a member of the Canadian Forces killed while serving in an active mission;

• under the age of 26;

• intending to register as a full-time undergraduate student at UNB and;

• in good academic standing.

UNB invites applications for the 2010-11 academic year. The application deadline is Aug. 1, 2010. For information, visit //www.unb.ca/scholarships and click on High School Student; or contact UNB’s Undergraduate Awards office at awards@unb.ca or (506) 453-4894.

Project Hero was started in 2009 by Retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed. To date, more than 45 universities and colleges from across Canada are part of the Project Hero program.

UNB awards over $6.5 million in scholarships, bursaries, grants and prizes annually. In 2009-10, half of all incoming high school students received a scholarship or award to UNB.

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 per cent 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.

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For more information, contact Natalie Montgomery at (506) 453-4990 or nataliem@unb.ca.