For the seventh consecutive year, Opportunities NB (ONB) is inviting high school graduates from across the province enrolled in New Brunswick post-secondary institutions to apply for the NB Proud Awards. There are five NB Proud Awards granted to graduates across New Brunswick’s five economic regions. Each award is valued at $2,000 to provide additional support for New Brunswick students to achieve their post-secondary goals.

ONB is pleased to recognize high school graduates who demonstrate pride in New Brunswick and a passion to stay and contribute to our province’s growth. These awards encourage students to pursue their post-secondary studies here at home and help to ensure they are prepared for opportunities within New Brunswick’s workforce.

Ensuring we have a robust talent pipeline for industry is important to our province and ONB. We recognize that student retention is essential to helping New Brunswick meet the workforce needs it faces now and in the future.

“Today’s graduating class has many opportunities, both at home and abroad,” said Arlene Dunn, minister responsible for Opportunities NB. “Our NB Proud Awards are our way of encouraging students to look local when thinking about their future careers. New Brunswick students are a critical component of our province’s skilled talent pipeline and are essential to addressing the workforce needs of the future. With an abundance of exciting career opportunities, New Brunswick students can dream big right here at home.”

This year, applicants are asked to respond to a question by submitting a short essay of no more than 500 words. For more information and to apply, see the application guidelines below.

GUIDELINES FOR APPLICANTS (Please review before applying)

Applications are due by 11:59 PM AST on Monday, May 22, 2023.


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Good luck to all applicants!