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John Abbass Sr. Scholarship Fund

John Abbass Sr. Scholarship Fund

A Scholarship to promote post-secondary business education among members of family-owned businesses in Nova Scotia.

Established: 2016

John Abbass was a shining example of entrepreneurial spirit. He was a long time member of Family Business Atlantic and built a legacy for his family and their business in Cape Breton and beyond. John was an iconic figure within the Nova Scotia business and political community and was a strong proponent of the value of family enterprises. Among his many accomplishments, John founded Abbass Studios in 1946 and was a contract photographer for the Cape Breton Post. He was involved in the Progressive Conservative party, serving as provincial party president from 1985 to 1988. In 2006, the provincial party named him honorary president. John Abbass is synonymous with photography and as a champion for Cape Breton. The prominent Sydney, Nova Scotia businessman became a household name as owner of Abbass Studios, a business that is carried on today by members of his family. John is described by his family as “A man who believed foremost in his wife and all his kids and then his community.”

The John Abbass Scholarship Fund was established in the memory of John Abbass Sr. by Family Business Association-Atlantic members or family business owners in Nova Scotia and helps to promote post-secondary business education pursuits. Applications are reviewed by the John Abbass Scholarship Committee with the award disbursed to the winning candidate’s post-secondary educational institution.

Application Process:

Applicants must meet the following minimum eligibility requirements to be considered by the Selection Committee for the John Abbass Scholarship Fund. Candidates can be nominated or can apply directly for this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must be a resident of Nova Scotia (may be attending a post-secondary institution outside of Nova Scotia)
  • Candidates must be a member of Family Business Association Atlantic have experience working with a family business within Nova Scotia
  • Candidates must be in the process of taking their first post-secondary educational pursuit
  • Candidates degree should have a business focus or be related to their family business
  • Candidates must have achieved a grade point average of 80%
  • Candidates will preferably have a family business background or interest in becoming involved in their family business or pursing their own business interests.
  • Candidates must be applying for the first time-only one submission per applicant permitted.

Selection Criteria

  • A solid academic record-minimum 80%
  • Family business work experience, or exposure to and understanding of family business
  • Leadership and service to community and involvement in extra-curricular activities
  • Written responses from applicants that address their understanding of family business issues and their benefits and contributions to Nova Scotia’s economy

Only the successful applicant will be notified of the Selection Committee’s decision. Interviews may be required of scholarship finalists. Scholarship support will be issued directly to the applicant’s post-secondary institution.

Deadline: The deadline for applications is 5pm (Atlantic Time) March 31st of each year.

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