SJHS graduation photo/2006

SJHS graduate awarded Blake-Kirkpatrick Scholarship

by Mr. Paul Holder - Friday, October 6, 2006

As a result of a generous gift from alumnus Richard James Currie, the University of New Brunswick has awarded four prestigious Blake-Kirkpatrick Undergraduate Scholarships for study in the 2006-07 academic year. The recepients demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, significant leadership in their schools and communities, and the ability to overcome challenges in their lives.

Jonathan Michael O'Kane who graduated from Saint John High School in 2006, was given the Undergraduate Scholarship in Engineering valued at $55,000 over five years. Jonathan is currently studying on UNB's Fredericton campus in engineering programs.

The Blake-Kirkpatrick Undergraduate Scholarship was established by Richard J. Currie, one of Canada's most accomplished business leaders, who was installed as chancellor of the University of New Brunswick in May 2003. Dr. Currie, who was a Beaverbrook Scholar at UNB, is a native of Saint John and currently serves as the chairman of BCE Inc. He is a member of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and, for his leadership of Loblaw Companies Ltd. and George Weston Ltd., was recognized as CEO of the year in 2001.

The Blake-Kirkpatrick Scholarship, named in honour of Dr. Currie's grandmothers, is UNB's most prestigious renewable award. It is open to students beginning a degree program upon graduating from a high school in any of the four Atlantic provinces and is intended to support the education of future leaders. A rigorous application and selection process is required of the candidates.