HNB’s Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury Recipient
The HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury was established in 2002 to recognize the outstanding contribution of Ron Bradbury to the sport of hockey.
Jacob MacDonald is a graduating student from Bernice MacNaughton High School in Moncton, New Brunswick. Although Jacob has an extensive sports resume, hockey is clearly his passion. Hockey has been a big part of Jacob’s life; helping him grow and develop on and off the ice. Playing this team sport at a young age, he immediately learned the importance of teamwork, positive thinking and maintaining respect in the game and its participants, which has helped him to become a good role model for the younger players. In 2015 Jacob had to adjust to a major change when his family moved to the Middle East (Qatar) for two years. Fortunately, there was an organized hockey league in Qatar, where at the age of 13, Jacob was playing in the Under 18 division. During his last game he suffered a major leg injury, which made it even harder to come back to Canadian hockey in 2017. Following extensive rehabilitation, Jacob was able to return to hockey, where he played for his high school and was also selected for the All-Star Showcase Selection Team.
Throughout the years, his role in hockey has grown to include leadership, which he applied to better his community service. His biggest contribution was leading a student-based organization to raise money for causes in need. This winter he and fellow students organized the first Winter Wonderland Festival, raising over $2000 for the homeless. In addition to holding the title of Assistant Captain of the hockey team and maintaining excellent grades, he is also Vice-President for the school’s Grad Council. His experience in hockey has also allowed him to thrive as a Camp Counsellor, motivating the campers through positivity. He donated a week’s pay to allow for less fortunate children to attend camp. He is proud to say that his leadership and community involvement skills stemmed from hockey have had a major impact on his life.
Jacob will attend Dalhousie University to pursue a science degree, where he plans to major in Ocean Sciences. He has a passion for the ocean and marine life and wants to gain a better understanding of the ocean and its systems. Jacob fells that given the changing state of our environment, it will be crucial to maintain the health of our oceans and he wants take part in saving our planet.
All the reasons listed above make Jacob MacDonald a perfect choice for the 2019-2020 HNB Academic Scholarship in memory of Ron Bradbury.