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UNB Announces Currie Scholars for 2024-25

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on May 21, 2024

Category: Press Releases

Daniel Burton, Rozalynd Cummings Ward, Maximilian Doyle, Chad Sheppard and Rebecca Williams-Simms

Five outstanding high school students are winners of the prestigious Currie Undergraduate Scholarships at the University of New Brunswick.

The scholarships, valued at $65,000 each, were established in 2004 by one of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders and philanthropists, UNB Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Richard J. Currie, who was a Beaverbrook scholar as a young man. Each year, the Currie Scholarships recognize Atlantic Canadian high school students for their leadership skills, community involvement, academic success and obstacles overcome.

This year’s recipients are Daniel Burton, Rozalynd Cummings Ward, Maximilian Doyle, Chad Sheppard and Rebecca Williams-Simms.

Daniel Burton of Petty Harbour, N.L. is a student at Holy Heart of Mary High School, where he plays volleyball and is co-editor of the student newspaper. A prolific writer, Burton is a member of the youth committee for WritersNL. He will begin the bachelor of arts program on UNB’s Fredericton campus in September.

Rozalynd Cummings Ward of Saint John, N.B. is a student at Saint John High School, where she is a member of the conservation club. Outside of school, Cummings Ward volunteers her time at Rocmaura Nursing Home. She will begin the bachelor of arts program at UNB Fredericton in September.

Max Doyle of Woodmans Point, N.B. is a student at Harbour View High School, where he has been a member of the debate club, was a lead in the school musical and played saxophone in several school bands. Doyle will begin the bachelor of science in software engineering program in September at UNB Fredericton.

Chad Sheppard of Weston, N.B. is a student at Woodstock High School. In addition to playing on his school’s basketball team, he is a member of the yearbook and leadership committees. Outside of school, he has volunteered with both the Special Olympics and Unified Basketball. Sheppard will begin the bachelor of science in software engineering program at UNB Fredericton in September.

Rebecca Williams-Simms of Grand Bay-Westfield, N.B. is a student at Harbour View High School, where she is co-chair of the debate team and also founded a student-led free lunch program. She will begin the bachelor of arts program in September at UNB Fredericton.

The Currie Undergraduate Scholarships are awarded to students beginning a degree program at UNB upon graduation from a high school in any of the four Atlantic provinces. These scholarships, which essentially pay all costs associated with any four-year undergraduate program, are intended to support the education of future leaders.

Dr. Currie started university at UNB in Chemical Engineering and ended with an MBA from Harvard. He served as UNB Chancellor from 2003 to 2013 and became Chancellor Emeritus in May 2014. Dr. Currie played a fundamental role in the development, design, and financing of the state-of-the-art Richard J. CURRIE CENTER on UNB’s Fredericton campus. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of New Brunswick, and a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Media contact: Kathleen McLaughlin, Media Relations Strategist at talktous@unb.ca.