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Beaverbrook Scholars Award

The 2019-20 Beaverbrook Scholars

The University of New Brunswick is proud to announce the 2019 recipients of the Beaverbrook Scholars Award, another chapter in saluting and rewarding New Brunswick’s most outstanding students for their academic abilities and community involvement.

This year’s recipients are Alexa Pelletier, Shaughnessy Riordon and Alyssa Robinson. Awarded to outstanding graduates of New Brunswick high schools beginning an undergraduate degree program at UNB, the award is valued at $50,000 over four years.

Alexa Pelletier

Alexa Pelletier is a native of Grand Falls and will start her Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree in September. Alexa fulfilled many leadership roles at John Caldwell High School, ranging from president of the Student Council and the WE School Committee to lead editor of the yearbook. Additionally, she’s attended one international, two national, two provincial and three regional leadership conferences, including the prestigious SHAD program.

Alexa has volunteered extensively at her school and in the community, including with Relay for Life events, suicide prevention campaigns and food drives for her local food bank. Athletically, she’s excelled in many sports, including basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country and rugby. This experience has motivated her to become a soccer and basketball coach.

Shaughnessy Riordon

Shaughnessy Riordon comes to UNB from Pokeshaw and is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program. Shaughnessy displayed tremendous leadership as a student at Bathurst High School, where he also excelled academically. Most notably, he co-founded the Riordon Brothers Sports camp, a free weeklong camp for underprivileged youth in the Bathurst Area, and reinstated the school’s Buddy Club, which provided a setting for the student body to interact with the school’s special needs students on a weekly basis.

A gifted speaker, Shaughnessy has served as master of ceremonies for various school events and placed second at the Canadian Youth Speakers for Agriculture at the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto. A competitive athlete, he has played on several varsity sports teams, winning provincial titles in volleyball and track and field.

Alyssa Robinson

Alyssa Robinson of Fredericton is a graduate of Leo Hayes High School and is beginning concurrent Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Computer Science degrees. During high school, Alyssa held many leadership roles - from technical team member and announcer for the school’s morning video announcements to lead roles in musical productions and Drama Club.

In additional to strong performance in the classroom, Alyssa was heavily involved in many extracurricular activities, including Debate, Model U.N., and Writing Club. She won the Anglophone School District West oratorical contest in 2018, was the Valedictorian of her graduating class and has earned school math, science and fine arts awards. She is a talented performer, serving as vocalist for her community church as well as being a children’s ministry group leader.

Since 1920, the Beaverbrook Scholarships have been awarded at the University of New Brunswick. The scholarship program was initiated by Sir William Maxwell Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook, PC, ONB to help shape future leaders. Former scholars worked together in 1979 to establish the modern-day Beaverbrook Scholars Awards to honour their former benefactor - Lord Beaverbrook - after his passing, so that they could continue the tradition of helping shape future leaders the same way that he did.

The Beaverbrook Scholars are a strong network of leaders who have helped institute important advancements in many local, provincial and national sectors.

The current and past Beaverbrook Scholars will welcome the new students to UNB at their annual dinner on Sept. 25 at the Lady Beaverbrook Residence in Fredericton. Register now for the dinner.

How to apply

The Beaverbrook Scholars Award, created and maintained by former Beaverbrook Scholars, is awarded to outstanding graduates of New Brunswick high schools who display high academic ability, financial need and make outstanding contributions to their communities.

A total of three Beaverbrook Scholars Awards valued at $50,000 each ($12,500 per year for 4 years) will be awarded.

Apply for UNB Scholarships, including the Beaverbrook Scholars Award.