In order to give back to the community, the Cook family of Saint John created a fund that supports the charity of their choice, along with a scholarship for UNBSJ students.
“It is encouraging to have generous community benefactors like this family come forward, who believe in Saint John and who intend to leave a lasting legacy here” said Lino Celeste, Chairman of the community foundation. “We find it doubly satisfying to help donors attain their charitable goals while adding to the pool of awards our local university can offer to Saint John area young people”
The annual award, valued at a minimum of $2,000, will recognize the efforts of a Saint John area UNBSJ student with advanced standing, pursuing studies in English - a particular interest of the donors. Applications for the bursary are directed to UNBSJ. Earnings from the permanently endowed fund may be directed to a Saint John area charitable organization.
University costs are an ever increasing burden to students, particularly those in their third or final year. Dr. Kathryn Hamer, Vice-President of UNB Saint John, expresses gratitude and appreciation to the donors on behalf of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John.