Departmental Awards

For New Master of Adult Education Students 

To assist students entering the program for the first time we  offer the Allan Quigley Adult Education Access Award. Funds are made possible by donations from Dr. Allan Quigley and students, graduates, and other faculty members in the program. It may be awarded to a student(s) accepted into the program who demonstrates the need for financial assistance in travelling to, or attending, the Foundations Institute. As a secondary option, the award may be used for tuition, based on demonstrated need. Preference will be given to those working in the field of adult literacy. The award is contingent upon attending a Foundations Institute in the 12-month period following the award being given.

For Current Master of Adult Education Students 

Every year in the Fall, we offer two awards to students already registered in the Master of Adult Education program.

The Marie Gillen Award, created to honour a retired MAdEd faculty member and professor, was made possible by funds donated by graduates and current students of the adult education program. The first award was given in the 2002–2003 year. At the request of Marie Gillen, students eligible for this award are females currently enrolled in good standing in the program who have completed both the AE500 and AE510 phases of the program. Preference will be given to women who are fostering, through their master’s program research, the development of women in Canada. Applicants should be engaged in the field of education, health care, social services, or another closely allied helping profession, and working directly with women. 

The John Dobson Award is given in honour of a faculty member who died tragically while he was a member of this department in the 1980s. Again, the funds were made possible by donations from students, graduates, and the Dobson family. This award is given to a student who is at the exam stage, or at/near the thesis stage. The topic must be one that honours the legacy of John Dobson in international work. Preference will be given to those who have conducted projects with an international focus or context.

For Graduating Master of Adult Education Students

To acknowledge a graduating student, we offer the Audrey Fenwick Memorial Award in memory of Audrey Fenwick’s proud and close association with St. Francis Xavier University.  Audrey decided to pursue post-graduate studies later in life and completed her Masters of Adult Education from St. FX in 2004, at age 75. in 2014 her family established an award in recognition of excellence and scholarship for a graduating student in the Master’s of Adult Education program. This award is awarded once a year to a graduating student who has demonstrated academic excellence throughout the program.