Harrison McCain Scholarships

Scholarship Value: $4,000
Awards Available: 1

Awarded annually to entrance students attending university who have graduated from a high school in Canada. Criteria includes minimum 80% average in Grade 12, financial need, leadership qualities, and a recogized initiative in funding your own education. Submit application to UPEI to be forwarded to the Harrison McCain Foundation for committee review.


Harrison McCain (November 3, 1927-March 18, 2004) was a Canadian businessman. Born in Florenceville, New Brunswick, he was the co-founder, along with his brothers Andrew, Robert and Wallace, of McCain Foods Limited. Their father was a well respected seed potato farmer. Since 1900, the family sold seed potatoes throughout New Brunswick and exported to Cuba and Latin America. After graduating college, Harrison and Wallace worked for Irving Oil. Upon their brothers' suggestions, Harrison and Wallace founded one of the first factories to process potatoes, turning them into pre-fried froz en french fries. With the benefit of ensured quality and the ability to export long distances with a value added product, the business starting growing. The business eventually grew to over 55 factories worldwide and the number one french fry company in the world. In 1992 he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. The Harrison McCain Foundation funds generous renewable scholarships for student entering UPEI. A true gift and legacy.

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