UNB receives $500,000 gift to support Aboriginal students

October 22, 2014

The University of New Brunswick has received $500,000 from The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation to establish scholarships and bursaries for Aboriginal students in the Faculty of Education. A portion of the funds will be used to establish a summer camp initiative for Aboriginal high school students. The student awards will be named for former prime minister Paul Martin, who is a close friend of the Braggs and has devoted his post-political career to improve educational outcomes for Canada’s Indigenous youth. “Education is one answer to the challenges facing many in our Aboriginal communities. It is our hope, through the creation of these scholarships, bursaries and programs, that we can provide opportunities for meaningful change,” said John Bragg. Ann Sherman, Dean of the Faculty of Education, added, “we believe in, and strive toward, improving the social and economic strength of Aboriginal Peoples to a level enjoyed by other Canadians.” UNB News Release