Applications Start for J.D. Irving, Limited NB Scholarships at the University of New Brunswick to be Awarded in May 2015

January 21, 2015 - FREDERICTON, NB:  J.D. Irving, Limited and the University of New Brunswick are pleased to announce that applications for the JDI NB Scholarships are now being accepted until March 1, 2015.  The scholarships will be awarded for the first time in May 2015 and include:

  • Two (2) renewable JDI NB Scholarships to incoming first-year UNB students. The total value of each scholarship is $32,000.  
  • In addition for the 2015 year, two students in each of the second, third and fourth years of study will be awarded renewable scholarships valued at $8,000 per year.

The programs eligible for the scholarships include UNB Fredericton-based bachelor of computer science, bachelor of information systems, bachelor of science in software engineering, bachelor of science in forestry, and bachelor of science in environment & natural resources; the UNB Saint John-based bachelor of science in computer science and bachelor of information science, as well as two programs offered on both UNB campuses - the bachelor of business administration and bachelor of science in engineering in any discipline.

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 apply themselves more fully to their course work and to better prepare for their future careers.

“We are committed to growing the potential of New Brunswick’s young people and to keeping them home with rewarding careers.  UNB has been a partner in this effort for decades and we are proud to have over 600 UNB grads on our team today,” 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.”

The awards will be presented to students based on academic achievement, self-motivation, commitment to the community, and extracurricular activities, as well as financial need. Those who receive the award may also be offered employment opportunities with J.D. Irving, Limited throughout their degree program and/or upon graduation.

“J.D. Irving, Limited is a critical partner for us,” said UNB President and Vice-Chancellor Eddy Campbell. “Both JDI and UNB are committed to the development and prosperity of New Brunswick and we are most thankful for this generous support for our students.”  

For more information visit http://www.unb.ca/scholarships/highschool/jdi-nb-scholarship.html.

 “The real impact of this investment will be felt after these students graduate and become leaders in their communities,” Dr. Campbell said. “Scholarships encourage students to strive harder and achieve more by rewarding hard work and talent. They are, fundamentally, a vote of confidence in students’ abilities, work ethic and personal achievements.”

About J.D. Irving, Limited
Founded in 1882 and proudly headquartered in Saint John, NB, J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) has diverse operations in Canada and the United States. It has a team of 15,000 dedicated employees, with business units in agriculture, consumer products, forestry and forestry products, retail and distribution, shipbuilding, construction, and transportation.  Since its inception over 130 years ago, its employees have continued to build JDI into a diverse group of performance-driven enterprises. It is through a dedicated team using the best practices to make the best products that enables JDI to better serve its customers - at home and around the globe.

About the University of New Brunswick
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) is Canada's oldest English-language university and one of the first public universities established in North America. Founded in 1785, the multi-campus institution is home to over 60 research centres and institutes, groups, and ongoing projects. The university offers over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs in 100 disciplines. UNB has over 10,500 students from more than 100 countries, and several thousand more take UNB courses online and at partner institutions around the world.

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Mary Keith
Vice-President Communications
J.D. Irving, Limited
(506) 632-5122
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Natasha Ashfield
Communications Officer
University of New Brunswick
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(506) 260-4851
natasha.ashfield@unb.ca‎