The University of New Brunswick is proud to announce the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholars for 2016-2017.
The Connected Learning Across the Commonweath program, UNB’s dedicated chapter of the national scholarship program, is in its second year of distributing funding. In 2016-2017 it will provide scholarships valued at approximately $182,500, with a four-year (2015-2019) total of $499,500.
With this funding, UNB students will be able to complete a three-month internship related to their field of study. These internships, offered with the help of partners in Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Jamaica, and Barbados, will help undergraduate students gain a deeper understanding of development issues.
Veronica McGinn, UNB’s coordinator of international development with the office of Global Learning and Engagement, said the scholarship program centers around broadening students’ minds.
“The objective with this program is to build global leaders,” she said. “We want these students to come home knowing more about the world.”
Emily Jackson, a nursing student who completed an internship in Malawi last year with the help of this scholarship program, said she grew by being pushed outside her comfort zone.
“I didn’t realize how much I’d changed since I came home,” she said. “I’m now more culturally aware when caring for my patients and appreciate the resources we might take for granted here.”
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program is a joint initiative of the Rideau Hall Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and Universities Canada. It was created through unique contributions from the Government of Canada, provincial governments, the private sector, and individuals worldwide.
The scholarship is open to both graduate and undergraduate students, whom each receive $6,000. There are also incoming international scholars – students who come to UNB from other countries to study. Those students receive $10,000 each.
Nursing student Hilary Costello will be heading to Malawi this summer for an internship. She said she has always been interested in working as a nurse internationally.
“I’m excited to work with young women in developing countries around the world,” she said. “I hope to grow as an individual and become more culturally sensitive, which can be a hard experience to gain in New Brunswick.”
The UNB Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholars for 2016-2017:
Courtney Le Roux