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Mr. Kent was a second generation entrepreneur who acquired his fortune through various businesses, including the popular Main Street department store, a motel, a shoe store, a propane company, a bowling alley, and a movie theatre. His impact on the region was tremendous; many Bathurst residents can recall fond memories spent catching up with neighbors and friends at the department store.

Mr. Kent, along with his wife Gwendolyn, believed strongly in the power of education. He recognized that attending post secondary institutions could change both individual lives and communities as a whole. His love of the area, and desire to help others, ignited a vision that creating a scholarship program would allow students to return to the Bathurst region and contribute to its cultural, economic, and social prosperity.

Since the foundation was established in 1976, it has awarded more than four million dollars to students from the region.  The value of the scholarships have increased in value to echo Mr. Kent’s strong dedication to education, as well as to address rising costs of tuition. Full tuition is awarded to successful recipients. The scholarships are unique in that the foundation takes a very holistic approach in awarding them, looking at not only academic achievement and financial need, but also community involvement and future aspirations.

Mr. Kent passed away in 1987, the same year that he received an honourary doctorate from the University of New Brunswick. Until her death in 2005, Mrs. Kent remained active on the foundation’s board and selection committee, helping to ensure that her husband’s vision would continue to benefit the region’s students for years to come. 

Scholarship Recipients Arseneau, Michaela
Back, Jehye (Sonia)
Belanger, Amber Sky
Boudreau, Isabelle Anne
Branch, Alyssa
Branch, Céleste
Caissie, Avery
Cameron, Nicholas
Comeau, Jean-Sebastien
Comeau, Nathan
Cormier-Roy, Jacob
Culligan, Cassidy
Dorkhom, Tania
Doucet Mallet, Chloé
Erb, Christina
Ferguson, Keara
Frenette, Carolyne
Frenette, Hailey
Frenette, Mélissa
Frigault, Olivia
Gauvin, Kelly
Giroux, Nicholas
Hachey, Shawn
Jean, Kristina
Lagacé, Danielle
Landry, Sarah
Lapointe, Chelsey
Lavigne, Chelsey
LeBreton, Robby
Léger, Myra
Levy, Brandon
MacLeod, Benjamin
Martin, Kaleigh
Matchett, Bradley
McCaffrey-Godin, Éric
Michaud, Amélie
Morin, Ariane
Pettigrew, Courtney
Pitre, Jestina
Richardson, Amélie
Robertson, Brett
Robichaud, Camron
Savoie, Madeleine
Scott, Jenni
Scott, Mackenzie
Scott, Shelby
Sisk, Kaylee
Smith, Carolyn
Smith, Tyler
St-Cyr, Valérie
Strong-Roy, Danika
Stymiest, Olivia
Thibodeau, Nicolas
Tulloch, Lauren
Valencia, Gabriela
Van der Pluijm, Magela
Vienneau, Michelle
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