ANTIGONISH: St. Francis Xavier University announced a $500,000 donation from the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation to establish the Dr. Ann Sherman Scholarship. The scholarship is a lasting commitment to recognize their niece — described as a remarkable educator and leader in her field—and her legacy, particularly in helping underrepresented people.
The $500,000 funding is matched by the Jeannine Deveau Educational Equity Endowment Scholarship Fund, established at StFX through the generosity of alumna Jeannine Deveau from the Class of 1944, and aimed at making a university education more accessible to members of the African Nova Scotian and First Nations communities
The legacy of the late Dr. Ann Sherman — former faculty member and former director of the school of education at StFX— will continue at her alma mater. “This is an important story for us,” StFX President Dr. Kent MacDonald said in making the scholarship announcement before a large crowd gathered on campus. “The $1 million endowment in her name will provide bursaries to ensure we are able to support African Nova Scotia and Aboriginal Canadians to attend StFX in the Faculty of Education,” he said.
Bursaries will be available for students in all programs in the Faculty of Education, including the Bachelor of Education, Masters of Education, Masters of Adult Education and PhD program.
“It ensures that individuals who come to StFX, individuals who have been underrepresented for a long time, will have the pleasure of gaining knowledge and passing it on,” Dr. MacDonald said.
“This is a lasting legacy we can leave for our community,” Dr. MacDonald said as he offered sincere thanks and appreciation to John and Judy Bragg for their generosity and support in initiating this scholarship.
“It would make her heart soar to know this would be her legacy at StFX,” niece Dr. Carla Sherman said at the announcement as she thanked all involved for making this possible.
In moving remarks, Dr. Sherman told of how her aunt believed in the power of education, and of the strong academic footprint she left wherever she touched down across the world.
StFX Dean of Education Dr. Jeff Orr, a friend and former colleague, expressed further the impact the establishment of this scholarship will have on the StFX Faculty of Education.
“Ann deeply affected the scholarship while she was here. This will help us continue important work that was so dear to her,” he said as he spoke about Dr. Sherman’s many contributions to education.
This scholarship, he said, will have a significant impact on the ability of African Nova Scotian and Aboriginal Canadian students to participate fully.
“She had a passion for many things in education. The top of her list was support for First Nations and African Nova Scotian students,” he added.