Dr. Carrie Best Scholarship

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This award honours Dr. Carrie Best, the second black publisher in Nova Scotia as well as an accomplished writer and human rights activist.

About Dr. Carrie Best

Dr. Carrie M. Best was a Nova Scotian journalist, author and broadcaster. Born and raised in New Glasgow, she became a tireless advocate for human rights in Nova Scotia and throughout Canada. In 1947 she founded The Clarion, the second Black newspaper in Nova Scotia, which she edited and distributed throughout the Maritimes. She wrote a weekly column for the Pictou Advocate and hosted her own radio program. Dr. Best challenged Nova Scotia’s official and unofficial segregation laws, helped to establish the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, among other organizations, and never failed to raise her voice whenever she saw injustice. She received many awards including the Order of Canada, and an honorary Doctor of Civil Law from the University of King’s College in 1992.  King’s offers two annual entrance scholarships in her name. In 2011 Canada Post honoured Best with a commemorative stamp.

Read about our 2019, 2018 and 2017 recipients.

2019 recipient Simone Reade: “I write fiction, poems and screenplays, and my dream is to sustain myself on writing alone. I researched King’s, and it was the only university I applied to.”

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Scholarship criteria

Indigenous students in Canada and Black Canadian students applying to enter the BJH, BA, BSc, or BMus programs at King’s are eligible to apply for this award, valued at $20,000 ($5,000 a year and renewable for up to three years).

“I wouldn’t be here (at King’s) if it wasn’t for the Carrie Best Scholarship. It’s opened up a lot for me. It’s the reason I don’t have to have a job this semester. It’s been the most help, financially and with peace of mind, knowing it’s going to be ok.” – Eddie Cuevas, 2017 recipient

To apply

Consult the information about how to apply for major scholarships. Submit the application form including two references and your original essay on the topic provided with your King’s admissions application by January 15.