Past 3M National Fellowships


Congratulations to Ben Boudreau who was invited to join the 2022 3M National Student Fellowship.

Volunteer. Academic. Entrepreneur. Coach. Generous. Kind. Thoughtful. Energetic. Inclusive. Leader. Innovator. These words describe Ben Boudreau who is the founder and creator of “X-Ring boxes,” a keepsake box to hold and protect the StFX grad ring. During this past year, he used profits from his X-Ring boxes to create a ‘Pay it Forward’ bursary to purchase an X-Ring for an anonymous fellow classmate, recognizing the financial barriers faced by classmates. Ben has served on several StFX student panels, as a recruiter, executive for student Orientation, Fit4Life & Fit4Men leader, Antigonish Multisport leader, and Celtics Soccer board member who has worked to integrate off-campus students into campus events. As such it is clear that Ben exemplifies a 3M National Student Fellow in ‘outstanding leadership in their lives and at St. Francis Xavier University…and embraces a vision of education that enhances their academic experience and beyond.’ Ben’s leadership and innovation extend far and wide. Congratulations Ben!

2021 Recipient:  


Devon Parris, BA 2021, English


Adelaide Strickland
Development Studies and English 

Claire Ainslie MacDougall
Physics and Mathematics 

Emma Kuzmyk
English and Political Science



Dr. Ann Bigelow

Ann Bigelow is Canada’s godmother of Service Learning, a teaching method that combines theory with reflective practice. Students participating in Service Learning complete a placement in the community either at home or abroad, such as working on fair-trade coffee projects, tilling community gardens, or facilitating English lessons. They learn first-hand about history, politics and culture; they see their own communities differently, and for many their participation in service learning, either course-based or immersion, is the defining change point of their university experience



Dr. Angie Kolen

Angie is an activist and personal role model who was the most influential force during my time at St. FX.” Many students echo this view, saying they have been inspired, even transformed, by this charismatic teacher of human kinetics who embodies and celebrates their own aspiration to wellness, energetic enquiry, and social engagement. She lives out her university’s traditional commitment to service-learning and social justice, as she challenges her students to become advocates for health promotion in their communities and in the world.