For the seventh consecutive year, Opportunities NB (ONB) invited high school graduates enrolled in New Brunswick post-secondary institutions to apply for one of our five NB Proud Awards worth $2,000 each. The awards are now being presented to the selected five graduates from across New Brunswick to support their post-secondary educational goals in any way they choose.

One of New Brunswick’s (and ONB’s) top priorities is ensuring we have a robust talent pipeline for industry. ONB recognizes that student retention is essential to helping New Brunswick employers meet the workforce needs they face now and in the future.

To support our student retention, ONB is pleased to again recognize high school graduates who demonstrate pride in New Brunswick and a passion to remain here and contribute to that growth. The NB Proud Awards encourage our students to pursue their post-secondary studies right here at home and help to ensure those students are prepared for opportunities within the New Brunswick workforce.

For this year’s application, candidates were asked to fulfil specific criteria which included completing the following:

  • The year is 2035 and you’re living your best life in New Brunswick. In an essay of no more than 500 words, tell us your potential career and how you are contributing to the province’s success and economic growth.
  • Take and include a photo that relates to the essay topic.

Having sorted through all 100+ applications received this year from every corner of the province, we have arrived at our five winners!

1. Ariel Alleyne – Attending St. Thomas University in the fall

2. Emma Brown – University of New Brunswick

3. Miguel Godin – Université de Moncton

4. Kaylee Thibodeau – University of New Brunswick

5. Megan Townsend – Université de Moncton

Our congratulations go out to these five outstanding students!

Thank you to all students who took the time to apply this year! The quality of applications was impressive, and we wish all applicants the best of luck as they begin their post-secondary journeys at home in New Brunswick.