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Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Entrepreneurship

The Fred and Nali George Scholarship in Entrepreneurship takes fourth year Marketing and Entrepreneurship major Jake Arsenault one step closer to realizing his dream of creating beautiful, one-of-a kind products in a way that reduces environmental harm.

“I am very grateful to be acknowledged in this way by such an accomplished and renowned family,” says Jake, a 5th generation woodworker who was born and raised in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia. “It’s a great honour and it will certainly alleviate some of the financial stress I experience as a full-time student with my own business.” In addition to maintaining a GPA of 3.56 and running his business, Creative Urban Timber, Jake is currently building a new workshop in Mahone Bay. 

“I’d like the George family to see this as not only an investment in an individual student, but also as an investment in Nova Scotia,” he says. “In the future, I hope they hear my name again for contributing to the economy, supporting the Nova Scotia Nature Trust, and mentoring other aspiring entrepreneurs.”

As Canada’s entrepreneurship university, Saint Mary’s has a long history of encouraging students to use entrepreneurial thinking to address pressing social problems. Our entrepreneurship major – now in its third decade – remains one of the few such programs in the country to admit students from Arts, Science and Business. Other schools teach entrepreneurship; we train entrepreneurs and offer them transformative opportunities to take classroom learning to the next level.


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