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“I’ve gotten to see a lot, do a lot, and learn a lot”

Ashlyn Moody is a third year Chemical Engineering student at the University of New Brunswick. She is from Blackville, New Brunswick, and recently completed a co-op work term with the Sawmill Division at Grand Lake Timber. In 2016, Ashlyn was one of three recipients of the JDI NB scholarship at UNB.  The scholarships is valued at $8,000 and is renewable each year up to a total of $32,000, based on academic performance. 

“We are committed to growing the potential of New Brunswick’s young people and to keeping them home with rewarding careers. We are proud to have over 650 UNB grads on our team and 94% of them are working here in New Brunswick.  We value our partnership with UNB and our shared efforts to develop the next generation of New Brunswick’s leaders " said Colleen Baxter, VP of Human Resources, J.D. Irving Limited.

“I’m really grateful to have it. It’s opened a lot of opportunities and a lot of doors. It’s part of the reason that I was interested in working here for the summer and I’m hoping to continue in years to come” said Moody.

Moody worked on two major projects this summer. The first involved stud bins which help sort logs entering the mill. This project is helping to ensure that the logs entering the mill are sorted properly and in the most efficient way possible. The second project she worked on,  were 5S initiatives, which are an organizational process that aim to streamline the workplace to maximize efficiency. 

“They give you a tremendous amount of freedom and independence in working with your projects throughout the summer” said Moody. 

Moody has returned to UNB Fredericton to complete her third year of Chemical Engineering.


The scholarship is funded by a $1-million gift made in 2007 by J.D. Irving, Limited to UNB to allow New Brunswick students to fully commit and focus on their studies and to better prepare for their future careers.  

Recipients are chosen based on their academic achievement, self-motivation, contribution to community, extra-curricular activities and financial need. The scholarships are awarded to students entering the faculties of forestry, computer science, information systems, business administration, software engineering, environment and natural resources and engineering.  

 For more information on the JDI NB Scholarship at UNB click here.