Memorial University students from Trinity Conception earn scholarships

Melissa Jenkins
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Two students from the Trinity Conception region have been awarded scholarships from the provincial government.


Brandon Thorne of New Harbour and Matthew Blundon from Bay de Verde have been recognized for their academic excellence in post secondary studies.

Thorne is the sole recipient of this year’s Ronald K. Kennedy Scholarship worth $1,200.

The scholarship is awarded to students who have completed two years of a degree or diploma program. The award’s criterion includes scholastic achievement and promise, qualities of character and economic need. The winner does not have to apply for the scholarship.

Thorne is attending Memorial University with a mathematics focus, and is a former student of Crescent Collegiate in Blaketown.

Thorne is the son of Christine and Brian Thorne, and has two siblings, Joshua and Shelby.

Blundon, who is no stranger to recognition, is one of 37 recipients to earn the Centenary of Responsible Government scholarship from Memorial University worth $1,000.

The award is given to students on the basis of academic achievement to a student registered to a course at Memorial University, the Marine Institute or College of the North Atlantic. Blundon is attending Memorial studying business.

In order to be eligible for the award, a student must continue studies on a full- or part-time basis. The winners are decided without applications.

Graduating in 2012, Blundon received the Governor General’s Award at Baccalieu Collegiate for top student. He also received some $2,000 in other scholarships.

Blundon is the son of Lewellyn and Maxine Blundon and has one brother, Mark.

A total of $57,000 in scholarships have been announced for 54 students studying in Newfoundland and Labrador from the provincial government.

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Marine Institute

Geographic location: Bay de Verde, Newfoundland and Labrador

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