About J. Harper Kent

J. Harper Kent

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 five 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 Scholarship Recipients
Arseneault, Chelsea
Arseneault, Maryse
Boudreau, Sara Rose
Cameron, Ashley
Chamberlain, Lea
Coombs, Jacob
Couture, Caitlin
Culligan, Cassidy
Davidson, Christy
Degrace, Danika
Dempsey, Claire
Dennis, Jeremiah
Denver, Daley
Doucet, Jasmine
Doucet, Jonathan
Frenette, Carolyne
Gauthier, Kaylee
Haché, René-Claude
Kearney, Michelle
Kennah, Taylor
Lagacé, Danielle
Lapointe, Chelsey
Lavigne, Terry
LeBreton, Corey
Legacy, Jared
Léger, Myra
LeLievre, Ashley
Li, Jiawen
MacCallum, Zane
MacMinn, Adam
Matchett, Bradley
Morais-Savoie, Dominique
Morrison, Alyssa
Parent Long, Brianna
Philippe, Catherine
Risdon, Rachel
Robertson, Brett
Savoie, Catherine
Scott, Mackenzie
Sealy, Allyson
Sherrard, Jamie
Sirois, Madison
Spragg, Shane
St-Onge, Roxanne
Thibodeau, Nicolas
Thibodeau, Sarah
Vienneau, Katia
White, Haley

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