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Mount Allison University announces 06-07 Bell Scholars

November 9, 2006

SACKVILLE, NB — Mount Allison University is pleased to announce this year’s winners of the Bell Scholarships, Bell Achievement Awards, and the Mary Emerancy Pickard Music Scholarship, which celebrate students who have demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership potential, commitment to volunteer work, extra-curricular activities, work experience, and good citizenship. The entrance scholarships, renewable for four years, are valued at $12,000 annually while the achievement awards are $7,000 annually. The music scholarship is valued at $6,000 annually for four years.

This year’s recipients of the Bell Scholarships are: Gillian Gibson of Hamilton, ON, Derlis Gonzalez of San Lorenzo Centre, Paraguay; Brett Martin of Northfield, Vermont; Stephen Middleton of Charlottetown, PEI; Michael Minard of Summerside, PEI; Shawn Potter of Newport, NS; and Kyla Weinman of Ottawa, ON. Bell Achievement Award winners include: Ashley Greene of Canning, NS, and Fraser Harland of Camrose, AB. Megan Buffett of St. Alban’s NL is the recipient of the Mary Emerancy Pickard Music Scholarship this year.

Mount Allison University President Dr. Robert Campbell says, "The Bell Scholarships and Achievement Awards recognize students who not only have exceptional academic records but who also display a strong commitment to community service and outreach, a value we encourage at Mount Allison. We’re pleased to welcome these fine individuals to our University community."

The Bell Scholarships and Achievement Awards are awarded annually to first-year students and were established in memory of the Bell Family and their significant contributions to Mount Allison University. Dr. Ralph Pickard Bell, named the first Chancellor of Mount Allison University in 1960, graduated from the institution in 1907 with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received a Degree of Doctor of Civil Law (Honoris Causa) from Mount A in 1944. Marjorie Young Bell, wife of Dr. R. P. Bell, received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Mount Allison in 1958 while Dr. Winthrop Bell, Ralph’s brother, graduated in 1904 with a Bachelor of Arts degree (Honours in Mathematics) before pursuing further study at McGill, Cornell, Harvard, Cambridge, and Göttingen.

Mount Allison students have benefited from the generous contributions to the University made by the Bell Family (and Bell Endowment Funds) over the years. Their generous support, through such scholarships as the Marguerite Deinstadt scholarships, the Ralph Pickard Bell scholarships, Mary Emerancy Pickard scholarship and various bursaries, has helped finance the academic careers of hundreds of Mount Allison students over the last 50 years, with scholarships and other forms of financial support. Bell Family support has also assisted in the building and renovation of several buildings on campus, including the Athletics Centre, the Chapel, the Conservatory of Music, Convocation Hall, the Ralph Pickard Bell Library, and the Owens Art Gallery.


About Mount Allison University

Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick is one of the smallest liberal arts and science undergraduate universities in Canada, with an enrolment of around 2,250 students. Because of its size, its location within a small community, and its residential nature, Mount Allison offers a number of social, cultural, athletic, and academic influences and opportunities. Mount Allison University has ranked among the top two undergraduate universities in Canada by Maclean’s magazine for 16 consecutive years, a record of achievement unmatched by any other university.

For further information please contact Laura Dillman, Mount Allison University, tel: 364-2600 ( Individual news stories on each of the recipients are being sent to local papers and are available upon request.

Photo caption (L-R); Mount Allison’s 2006-07 Bell Scholars: Ashley Greene (Canning, NS); Kyla Weinman (Ottawa, ON); Stephen Middleton (Charlottetown, PEI); Gillian Gibson (Hamilton, ON); Fraser Harland (Camrose, AB); Shawn Potter (Newport, NS); Michael Minard (Summerside, PEI); Brett Martin (Northfield VT); and Derlis Gonzalez (San Lorenzo Centre, Paraguay). Missing from the photo is Megan Buffet of St. Alban's, NL.



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