Sir James Dunn Academy student awarded undergraduate scholarship from UNB

Submitted photo Anjali Singh, a Grade 12 student at Sir James Dunn Academy, has been named a recipient of the Currie Undergraduate Scholarship.

SAINT ANDREWS – A graduating student from Sir James Dunn Academy is receiving a scholarship created to support the education of future leaders.

Anjali Singh will receive a $65,000 Currie Undergraduate Scholarship that University of New Brunswick (UNB) Chancellor Emeritus Dr. Richard J. Currie established in 2004. The scholarship recognizes Atlantic Canadian high school students for their involvement in the community, academic achievements, overcoming obstacles, and potential skills as a leader.

“I wasn’t expecting it,” said Singh. “Just getting the interview was an honour … I’m very thankful.”

Student council, the renaissance club, and grad class account for a small fraction of Singh’s involvement. She volunteered for several years with Me to We and the Saint Andrews Community Youth Activity Centre, was the co-editor of the yearbook, and was involved in school sports.

Her list of accomplishments doesn’t stop there. In 2019, Singh was awarded the New Brunswick Turning Point award and in her Grade 9 year she was presented the Leanne Butters Award of Excellence.

The Leanne Butters Award of Excellence is given to a deserving student, which was special to Singh. “When people give out memorial awards, it’s very personal,” she said. “It showed me that my teachers believed in me.”

She has much to be proud of, but the accomplishment that stands out for Singh is being the founding member of Sir James Dunn Academy’s technology club. She was the only girl in the club when she first started it, and now says there are a handful of girls involved.

“I tried my best to make sure people are comfortable. It’s a win for me if my involvement makes others feel more inclined to get involved,” she said.

The club began just before the COVID-19 pandemic completely changed how schools operated. The technology club did what they could to keep the school connected, live streaming events for school community members.

“It was cool to be important for communication,” said Singh.

The average person would struggle to manage all of Singh’s responsibilities, but an average person doesn’t typically win an award of this grandeur, either.

“It was hard at first, but I really wanted to give back in a way that was meaningful,” she said. She credits utilizing lists and planners for helping her schedule her time and keep her life organized.

“You can say no,” she said.

It’s valuable to know when not to extend yourself, and luckily for Singh, she’s figured that out before she’s even graduated high school.

The scholarship will alleviate financial worry for Singh, which she explained will be a significant help. Not being one for the spotlight, she hopes it won’t define her.

“I’m still me,” she said.

Singh will begin her bachelor of science degree at the University of New Brunswick this coming autumn where she looks forward to meeting new people, learning new things and figuring out what’s next for her.

“No matter what I do, I want to find a way to give back to my community. That’s super important to me,” said Singh.

heatherknight@stcroixcourier.ca