ABOUT THE SCHOLARSHIP                              

COVID-19 CANCELS 2020 SCHOLARSHIP

We regret that we are unable to offer a scholarship to a 2020 graduate from a high school in Fredericton.  The commitment to the two scholars entering second and third years will be honoured but none will be awarded to a graduate from any of the three high schools in 2020.  The few who have made an application in 2020 have been informed by email of this decision.  


Although Thom Washburn was the eldest child of two professional 
engineers, it was a chemistry teacher at Fredericton High School who inspired him to study engineering.  He chose to attend Waterloo University for two reasons:
  • Thom had fond memories of living nearby in Guelph, Ontario, between the age of four and nine and 
  • he would be able to support himself through the Co-op program pioneered at that university.
Thom's parents took vicarious pleasure in watching Thom's career develop.   When he died they decided to use memorial donations from family, friends and businesses to support other young engineers with the hope of being able to follow their careers.  The fund for the scholarship is managed by The Fredericton Community Foundation.

Each year it has been the Scholarship Committee's privilege to read the applications of a dozen or so aspiring engineers graduating from the three high schools in Fredericton, to meet and interview three or four of them and to select one winner.  The applicants are all amazing and give us hope for the future.

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Kathryn, the first scholar who has not attended UNB,
is studying at Queens University in Kingston Ontario.

The  winner receives $2000 per term for the first six terms at an accredited engineering school in Canada. Applications must be received by March 31, each year.  This link describes the application process.Many of the Scholars come home for Christmas.  We are delighted if they can accept our invitation to attend a Scholarship reception just before Christmas at the offices of the Fredericton Community Foundation. The reception gives us a chance to catch up on each others news and accomplishments and to welcome our newest Scholar.  Messages are read from those who cannot attend, some of whom are now scattered across North America and Europe.  It is fascinating to follow all their careers; we are so proud of them.

Go to our Scholars' Page for a list of the scholars and their disciplines.