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StFX major scholarship recipients celebrated at annual dinner

January 18th, 2017
StFX major scholarship recipients were celebrated at the annual dinner for the award winners

The spirit of celebration and community was very much in evidence at StFX on Jan. 18 as the university came together to fete its major scholarship recipients at its annual dinner for the award winners.

“This is one of the great nights of the year. We’re here to celebrate the extraordinary accomplishments of this auspicious group,” said Justin Fox, Director of Admissions and Recruitment.

“This is the largest dinner ever, so large we had to change venues,” he said to the full house in the Keating Centre Conference Rooms. “Thank you for your incredible leadership and contributions to the community.”

It was sentiment shared by StFX Academic Vice-President & Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley in his remarks.  

“I want to say congratulations to everyone here for holding a scholarship. We are here to celebrate your accomplishments and achievements,” said Dr. Wamsley, bringing remarks on behalf of StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald.

These scholarships should also be a reminder of accountability, he said. “It should be an inspiration for you…building blocks for future endeavours.”

In speaking about the strong community found at StFX, Dr. Wamsley also took time to introduce senior leadership members in attendance at the dinner as well as mentioning a number of faculty and staff also in attendance. “We work together to help you succeed. You are essentially our future.”

Fourth year student Cassia Tremblay delivered the invocation.

Fellow senior student Christoph Hecker, a joint honours business and economics student from Germany, spoke about the StFX experience.

Mr. Hecker thanked scholarship donors, who he said deserve sincerest appreciation.

Mr. Hecker said he didn’t come to StFX with an entrance scholarship, but remembered the “incredible feeling” when the university first contacted him to say he’d earned a merit scholarship. He spoke of how important it is to know that other people support you and believe in you.

“This is a display of achievement, so be proud of yourself,” he told fellow students.

The annual dinner was the first for the inaugural recipients of the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Fox followed two traditions during the evening, asking the first-year major scholarship recipients to stand to be recognized followed by all the fourth year senior students.  

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