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First Winner of JDI NB Scholarship Award

Together, J.D. Irving, Limited and the University of New Brunswick presented the first JDI NB Scholarship Award to 18-year-old Jacob Wall of Waasis, New Brunswick. 

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The $32,000 scholarship is one of two renewable awards for incoming first-year UNB students. Two students will be awarded renewable scholarships 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.

A life-long resident of Wasis, Jacob graduated this spring from Oromocto High School with high honours.

He plans to take chemical engineering at UNB in the fall.

“This scholarship means more to me than you can imagine.. 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.” Said Jacob Wall, JDI NB Scholarship recipient.

“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.”  

The programs eligible for the JDI NB scholarships include the following:

UNB Fredericton
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Computer Science
Bachelor of Information Systems
Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Forestry
Bachelor of Environment & Natural Resources
Bachelor of Science in Engineering

UNB Saint John
Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Information Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Engineering  

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

UNB has been a partner of JDI for decades, developing talent  here at home, and the results are impressive – today there are currently over 600 UNB grads working at JDI!

Left to right: Dr. Shirley Cleave, Associate VP Academic (Learning Environment), UNB; Jacob Wall, JDI Scholarship Recipient; and Colleen Baxter, VP Human Resources


For more information on the JDI NB Scholarships click here.

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