Deadline: July 15th
The Gregory Michael Beaudoin Memorial Scholarship has been created in loving memory of an extraordinarily accomplished young man who throughout his life, and despite great physical hardships, met many challenges head on with courage and perseverance, never allowing himself to be defined or defeated by them. True to his character, at the time of his passing in August 2013 he exhibited fortitude beyond his years.

Greg, as he preferred to be called, was born in Campbellton, New Brunswick in 1985 with a complex heart malformation. According to the medical literature at the time, he was not expected to live long. However, God had a plan for Greg. Although he would require several heart surgeries throughout his years, he refused to let his condition hinder his pursuit of knowledge and his goal of achieving educational excellence. Greg was an avid reader and an excellent writer. He loved words. He was fluent in English, French, and Afrikaans, knew some Dutch, German, and was studying Mandarin.

Because of the physical stamina required to attend public school Greg was homeschooled by his mother. While deciding on an appropriate post-secondary school, Greg visited St. Stephen’s University in the summer of 2003 with plans to attend in the fall of the following year. However, in 2004, his father was offered a 3-year posting in South Africa, which provided Greg with a wonderful opportunity to travel and study abroad with his family. In January 2005 he enrolled in the Political Science program at the University of Pretoria (Tukkies) and graduated in June 2007 with distinction. He then went on to do a Masters in Public Policy and Public Administration at Concordia University in Montreal. He graduated with honours. His long-term plan was to enroll in a PhD program.

During his years at Concordia Greg did an internship with the Canadian Space Agency, and upon completion of his Masters he went on to a budding career with the Government of Alberta’s Department of Innovation and Advanced Education.

Gregory had many other interests. He was a ‘foodie’. He was quite knowledgeable about hockey and his beloved Montreal Canadiens. Greg enjoyed going to the shooting range and barbecuing with friends. He had a genuine love for people! He would rarely talk about himself but would instead engage others, encouraging them to tell their stories. Greg offered encouragement to those who were facing challenges, and listened with a compassionate ear. He also enjoyed music, learning to play the drums at the age of 8, and teaching himself to play guitar and bass guitar. He loved life! His faith and hope in God were foundational. It is that same faith and hope which allowed him to leave this world for his heavenly home with a peaceful heart. He was 28.

Greg would have loved the SSU Experience. His younger brother, Daniel, is an alumnus of SSU (BA 2013). This scholarship was established by his parents to honour Greg by supporting others in their academic and personal development offered through the extraordinary community of St. Stephen’s University.

Funding: This $1,000 scholarship is being offered in memory of Greg Beaudoin, elder brother of SSU alumnus Daniel Beaudoin (BA 2013).

Eligibility: The recipient must be a returning student studying full-time at St. Stephen’s University and must also demonstrate the following qualities: genuine love for people, perseverance and courage in challenging circumstances, and academic excellence. It is preferred that the recipient of this award come from a home-schooling background, though that is not completely necessary.

Application: The application must be written by the student who is applying for the scholarship, and can be submitted through the form below. A copy of your transcript will be made available to the two person selection committee as part of the application process. Your essay will only be read by the selection committee and otherwise will remain confidential.