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Currie Scholarships awarded to four University of New Brunswick students

Author: Communications

Posted on Jun 1, 2015

Category: UNB Saint John , In the Media , UNB Homepage , myUNB , UNB Fredericton

Four Maritime high school students will receive prestigious Currie Scholarships at the University of New Brunswick in September—a reward for their outstanding leadership in the community and academic performance in their high schools. The Currie Scholarships were established by Richard J. Currie, UNB chancellor emeritus and one of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists. 

This year’s recipients are Mansa Agbaku of Saint John, N.B.; Christopher Lomond of Debert, N.S.; Corinne Trottier of Parrsboro, N.S.; and Luke Walker of Enmore, P.E.I.

Mansa Agbaku will graduate from St. Malachy's High School where she was a member of the grad class committee, took part in leadership and poetry groups and won the Northrup Frye Writing Festival competition. She also volunteered in a number of community enterprises, including the Dementia Unit of Loch Lomond Villa, and in school activities. She will enrol in UNB Fredericton’s Bachelor of Science program.

Christopher Lomond has served as student council president at Cobequid Educational Centre, has performed in a number of sports, has taken part in his high school’s musical and is a member of the Cobequid Educational Centre choir. He volunteers with Special Olympics programs, is a special needs yoga instructor and volunteers as a firefighter. He will study in UNB Fredericton’s Bachelor of Science in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering program.

Corinne Trottier will graduate from Parrsboro Regional High School, where she was involved in student government, serving as vice-president and treasurer and a member of the youth town council. She is active in figure skating and volunteers with the Cumberland Health Authority and the Relay for Life in her community. She will study Business Administration at UNB Fredericton.

Luke Walker will graduate from Westisle Composite High School where he captained the soccer and dodgeball teams and also competed in cross country, track and field, powerlifting and badminton.  He volunteered as a youth sports referee and in the community’s annual Colour Run. He is enrolled in UNB Fredericton’s Engineering program.

For over a decade, the Currie Scholarships, now valued at $65,000 each, have been awarded to students beginning a degree program at UNB upon graduation from a high school in any of the four Atlantic Provinces. The scholarships are intended to support the education of future leaders.

Dr. Currie served as UNB chancellor from 2003-2013 and in May, 2014, was named chancellor emeritus. Dr. Currie played a fundamental role in the development, design and financing of the state-of-the-art Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on the Fredericton campus. He is an officer of the Order of Canada and a laureate of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. 

Media Contact: Natasha Ashfield