When Alden Spencer of Marystown picked up the phone there is no way she could have guessed what news was waiting for her on the other end.
It was an employee from the University of New Brunswick calling about the Lord Beaverbrook Scholarship, offered to students studying law at the post-secondary school in Fredericton. Someone had turned down the scholarship, which was good news for Spencer, who got the call March 19.
“They’re going to another school and I was next in line and she was wondering if I would like to take it.”
Spencer, who starts law school in September, was one of nine students who travelled to Fredericton in mid-February for interviews during the scholarship selection process.
“We found out the following week that three people had been selected,” explained Spencer. “I was the first alternate for the scholarship if someone had chosen to turn it down.”
The scholarship is worth upwards of $54,000.
Spencer explained she always had an interest in being a lawyer.
“I was about eight years old when I decided I want to do that, and I never changed,” she said with a chuckle.
“I am hoping to do criminal defence when I finish law school, and I’d like to come back to Newfoundland, especially working in Legal Aid.”
Spencer worked in a summer position at the Legal Aid office in Marystown.
“It was an amazing experience getting to see how the process works, and being inside the court,” she said. “It’s just been something that’s always fascinated me, the idea of law and defending the law ... it’s really challenging. It keeps your brain so active. I think that’s what I’m really looking forward to.”
There were a number of factors that influenced her decision to attend UNB, including small class sizes and the location of the campus. There’s also some family history with the school.
“My grandfather Albert Dober, he got his certificate in vocational education from The University of New Brunswick,” said Spencer, who is currently finishing off her political science and history studies at Memorial University in St. John’s.