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First JDI NB Scholarship at UNB Awarded

Author: Communications

Posted on Jul 10, 2015

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

The first JDI NB Scholarship recipient, Jacob Wall, with Shirley Cleave, associate vice-president academic (learning environment) at UNB in Fredericton, left; and Colleen Baxter, vice-president human resources at JDI. Together, J.D. Irving, Limited and the University of New Brunswick presented the first JDI NB Scholarship to 18-year-old Jacob Wall of Waasis, N.B. 

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The $32,000 scholarship is one of two renewable awards for incoming first-year UNB students. It is valued at $8,000 per year for up to four years of study.

The scholarships are funded from a $1-million gift made in 2007 by J.D. Irving, Limited to UNB that will allow the most talented students to fully apply themselves to their course work and to better prepare for their future careers.

“This scholarship means more to me than you can imagine,” said Jacob Wall.  “It is an amazing opportunity to stay at home and get a great education. This scholarship means I won’t have to worry about finances, and I can focus on my education.”  

"Supporting bright and hard-working young people is an investment in the future of New Brunswick," said UNB President Eddy Campbell. “We deeply appreciate JDI's generous support of our students through this scholarship program."

“We are committed to growing the potential of New Brunswick’s young people and to keeping them home with rewarding careers,” said Colleen Baxter, vice-president of human resources at J.D. Irving, Limited.  “This scholarship program is a win-win-win; for the student, the university, and our company in developing the next generation of New Brunswick’s leaders.”  

 UNB has been a partner of JDI for decades, developing talent in New Brunswick, and the results are impressive – today there are more than 600 UNB grads working at JDI.

For more information on the JDI NB Scholarships visit.