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The Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship

Former and current Primrose Scholars gathered at the home of Arthur and Sandra Irving (front row, far left) for the 2019 annual luncheon.

"University of New Brunswick Saint John Primrose Scholars continue to make the world a better place."
- Sandra Irving

The Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholars at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) have gone on to become outstanding doctors, engineers, nurses, scientists, business leaders, entrepreneurs and artists in New Brunswick and across the country. They are a community of scholars who serve as important mentors and inspire others.

UNB in Saint John welcomes high school students to apply for the Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship. The four-year renewable scholarship is valued at $40,000 ($10,000 annually) in support of students attending UNB Saint John for their undergraduate education.

The scholarship, designed to support students entering their first year at UNB Saint John, recognizes academic achievement, community involvement and athletic leadership. It was established by UNB Saint John alumna Sandra Irving (BA'95), who spearheaded the initial fundraising activities to first award the scholarship in 2000.

Arthur and Sandra Irving renewed their commitment to the Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship in 2016 with a $2 million gift. Arthur and Sandra are involved in the selection of the recipients and develop long lasting relationships with the scholars who they invite to the Primrose Scholars Luncheon at their home each summer. The Primrose Scholars have a strong networking community and stay in touch with each other long after their time at UNB Saint John.

2020 recipients

Thomas Rylan Adams

Thomas Rylan Adams, a Rothesay Netherwood School graduate, played a number of sports at RNS, including hockey where he also volunteered as a coach. He participated in the chess club and math competitions and served as a prefect at his school. His work experience includes Higgins General Insurance.

Rylan is enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Science program.


Abbey F. Alexander

Abbey F. Alexander, a graduate of Rothesay High School, was a member of the Reach for the Top Team, served as the editor of her school yearbook, participated in the National Student Leadership Conference, and was active on the ski team and in Pony Club testing. She served as a volunteer greeter and escort at Horizon Health, and devoted time to the Canadian Pony Club and the Sweet Caroline Foundation. She worked part-time as a doctor’s office assistant.

Abbey is enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Health program.


Emma A. Harper

Emma A. Harper, a graduate of Rothesay High School, was a member of the Grad Class Committee and played varsity volleyball for her school. She volunteered for the Hope Centre and the local hospital. Her work experience includes employment with Kennebecasis Drugs.

Emma is enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Science program.


Julianne G. MacCallum

Julianne G. MacCallum, a graduate of James M. Hill Memorial High School, was co-president of her Student Council and co-captain of the varsity girls’ soccer team. She was active in track and field and a member of the New Brunswick Provincial Soccer Team. Her volunteer work included coaching soccer, highway cleanups, and Free the Children. She worked as a cashier at Sport Chek.

Julianne is enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Science program.


Kate E. Reevey

Kate E. Reevey, a graduate of Rothesay High School, was a member of the swim and ski teams, a figure skater and in the cast of High School Musical. She volunteered at both a local nursing home and the homeless shelter. She worked part-time at the Riverside Country Club.

Kate is enrolled in the first year of the Bachelor of Science program.



How to apply

To apply for this scholarship, please submit:

  • A cover letter requesting consideration
  • A resume emphasizing extracurricular activities
  • Your latest high school transcript
  • A 500-word essay on "How would this scholarship make a difference in your life?"

Submit your application by March 1, 2021, either by mail or email. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, emailing your application is preferred.

By mail: The Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship, c/o Student Recruitment, UNB Saint John, PO Box 5050, Saint John NB, E2L 4L5

By email: tellmemore@unb.ca

Contact us

For questions about The Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship, contact us at 1-877-SJFORME (753-6763) or tellmemore@unb.ca.

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