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June 15, 2021

The University of New Brunswick and J.D. Irving, Limited are pleased to announce the 2021 recipients of the J.D. Irving, Limited NB Leadership Scholarship at UNB. 

The 2021 recipients are Nathaniel Dryden, Benjamin Durette, Benjamin Hogan, Lucy Kidney, Colin Matthews and Kendehl Taylor.  These New Brunswick students were selected on the basis of their leadership ability, academic achievement, and involvement in community/extra-curricular activities. They will begin their studies at UNB in September.

Valued at $10,000 per year and renewable for up to four years, the J.D. Irving, Limited NB Leadership Scholarship at UNB is one of the university's most prestigious awards. The scholarship is awarded to New Brunswick residents who are beginning an undergraduate degree program at UNB in Fredericton or Saint John. Preference is given to those studying business, computer science, engineering or forestry. Selection is made on the basis of leadership ability, academic achievement and community/extra-curricular activities. Consideration may be given to financial need. A shortlist of candidates are interviewed by representatives of UNB and J.D. Irving, Limited.

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Nathaniel Dryden, Moncton, Bernice MacNaughton High School, engineering, UNB Fredericton

“When I got the email I was speechless, I couldn’t believe this amazing opportunity I was given and what it meant for my future!”

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Benjamin Durette, Fredericton, Leo Hayes High School, computer science, UNB Fredericton

"I was honoured and overwhelmed when I found out that I had received this prestigious award. I am beyond grateful to JD Irving for enabling me to head into UNB fully focussed on my education and my future career in New Brunswick. I love this province and I look forward to my future here."

Benjamin Hogan

Benjamin Hogan, Quispamsis, Kennebecasis Valley High School, business administration, UNB Fredericton

"The J.D. Irving, Limited NB Leadership Scholarship at UNB is a tremendous honour, and I am beyond excited to be a recipient. This gives me the opportunity to pursue an excellent education and career in my home province of New Brunswick."    

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Lucy Kidney, Salisbury, J.M.A. Armstrong High School, engineering, UNB Fredericton

"I am thrilled and grateful to have been chosen as a recipient of the J.D. Irving, Limited Leadership Scholarship at UNB.  I have grown up in New Brunswick and I am honoured to continue my education here and eventually begin my career here with the intention of making it a better place."

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Colin Matthews, Fredericton, Fredericton High School, engineering, UNB Fredericton

"Receiving this scholarship means I can focus on my studies and not be worried about a massive debt load. Also, the possibility of summer employment and learning on-the-job at JDI locations – well, that’s worth as much as the scholarship itself!”

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Kendehl Taylor, Saint John, Saint John High School, computer science, UNB Saint John

“I am honoured to have been selected as a recipient of the J.D. Irving, Limited NB Leadership Scholarship at UNB. This scholarship will help me pursue a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. I always knew that I wanted to study locally and I am very grateful to J. D. Irving, Limited for supporting me on this journey. Receiving the news that I was awarded this prestigious scholarship was both a very exciting and proud moment. It means so much to me that J. D. Irving, Limited and UNB recognize value in what I have accomplished so far and my aspirations for the future.”   





J.D. Irving, Limited.:

Anne McInerney

Vice President, Communications

(506) 651-9092


The University of New Brunswick:

Kelsey Pye

Communications Officer

(506) 443-4508