The Arthur and Sandra Irving Primrose Scholarship

Former and current Primrose Scholars gather at the home of Arthur and Sandra Irving (front row, far left) for their 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.

Current recipients

Jayme GlaspyJayme Glaspy, a Rothesay High School student, is an active volunteer and leader, having travelled on a mission trip to the Dominican Republic and served on the executive of the New Brunswick Student Representative Council and her school’s student council. Athletically, she plays volleyball with numerous teams.

Payton GonzalezPayton Gonzalez, a St. Malachy’s Memorial High School student, is also an avid community volunteer through her involvement with Horizon Health, the Salvation Army and Diabetes Canada. She also performs with the school’s choir and participated in the school’s musical.
Madelyn O'HaraMadelyn O'Hara, a Harbour View High School student, volunteers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada, serving as a mentor. She is a flautist for the high school band and as an athlete, she is a goalie in field hockey. She is also a strong rugby player.
Dominic RoccaDominic Rocca, another Harbour View High School Student, is a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada and a member of youth organizations including MeToWe and Best Buddies. Athletically, he plays Midget AAA hockey and is also a member of the rowing team.

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, 2020, either by mail, email or in person.

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:

In person: Student Recruitment Office, Oland Hall - Rm. G09

Contact us

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

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