Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX celebrates first Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship recipients

October 27th, 2016
Recipients of the Jeannine Deveau Scholarship gather for a group photo

Samantha Brown, a third year Rankin School of Nursing student from Antigonish, NS, already knows firsthand the new doors and opportunities opened at StFX thanks to the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship Fund, aimed at making a university education more accessible to members of the African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities.

Ms. Brown received a $2,000 Deveau In-course Scholarship, and is one of 31 inaugural recipients of the fund honoured at a scholarship reception held Oct. 27 in the MacKay Lounge.  

“I want to say thank you to the Deveau family. It makes a big difference. It helps toward my tuition. I don’t have to worry about that stress, and most importantly it helps me to continue my degree,” says Ms. Brown.

“It means a blessing,” adds Christina Turay of Antigonish, NS, a second year women’s and gender studies student.

“It relieves a lot of stress and helps me to focus more on my education. I feel blessed to be part of this family,” she says.

Second year B.Ed. student Haley Bernard of Pictou Landing, NS, says the fact the award is an in-course scholarship means a lot to her as it is based on her hard work and marks. “It gives me that sense I’m doing good.”

“It’s just that acknowledgement of trying my best in school,” says fourth year English student Devann Sylvester of Truro, NS who says she is honoured to be chosen as a scholarship recipient.

“It really helps take away that stress and focus on school. It helps me balance everything and be in a good place to focus on my schoolwork,” says Ms. Sylvester who wants to continue on to an education degree next year.

FEEL HOPEFUL

“It’s a true pleasure to be here today,” says fund administrator Bill Gunn, Ms. Deveau’s nephew. “I feel hopeful, to see all these Deveau scholars.”

Last October, Ms. Deveau a member of the Class of 1944 who enjoyed a successful career as a nutrition professor in Montreal, gifted $8 million to StFX, the largest private alumni donation of its kind in StFX’s history. The fund, as it is tied to a matching initiative from other sources, has the potential to grow to $13 million.

As he spoke about Ms. Deveau – “Aunty J” – he wished the students all the success in their academic and future careers.

StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald, one of several speakers to bring congratulatory remarks, told those gathered as you look around the room, one can already see the benefit of the equity endowment fund, and how it is already making an impression into the soul of StFX.

Dr. MacDonald said the fund has also given StFX a great lever to go out to raise matching funds, to help change students’ lives.

Paul Ash, Director of African Canadian Services, Nova Scotia Department of Education & Early Childhood Development, also thanked Ms. Deveau, Mr. Gunn and family for the difference this fund is making. He also congratulated StFX for setting the bar high in working together with African Nova Scotia and First Nations communities.

“Not only do the students benefit by becoming educated, the community benefits as well,” said Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey Executive Director Eleanor Bernard, who offered her congratulations to all recipients.

These scholarships help students achieve their dreams and aspirations, Academic Vice-President & Provost Dr. Kevin Wamsley said. He told the students they should feel proud as the scholarships are a testament to their commitment to post-secondary education.

Dean of Education Dr. Jeff Orr, who served as the master of ceremonies, told the students to look around the room at the level of support they have from the academic and administrative personnel in attendance at the ceremony. “We want you to succeed and flourish.”

In addition to these scholarships, Deveau bursaries are now available. Information can be found by scrolling through the following link. Applications must be submitted online before Nov. 17 at this link.

The inaugural recipients of the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship Fund are:
Entrance Scholarships:

Linda Denny
Karen Prosper
Emma Paul
Skye Paul
Anthony Seeton
Tariq Ramsay
Kassidy Bartlett
Chantal Phee
Amelie Gero
Justice Gruben

In-course Scholarships

Mary Isaac
Iain Thomas
John Hodder
Summer Upshaw
Breanna Alison
Kara Pictou
Deseray Johnson
Jasmin LaBillois
Tenesha Desmond
Christina Turay
Samantha Brown
Emily Peter-Paul
Devann Sylvester
Dyson Marshall
Candice Brigley
Korenda Colley
Alicia Paris
Nayo Upshaw
Sasha Hayward-Isaac
Giselle Stevens
Haley Bernard

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