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James A. Ready Family Scholarship
|Occasion:||Deans' Academic Honours and Awards Night|
|Description:||Awarded to a returning student who combines outstanding community volunteerism and high academic achievement. Preference is given to a student studying in the Music program.|
|Background:||This scholarship is established by Kathleen (Ready) McIver in honour of the Ready Family of Kensington, PEI. James A. Ready married Annie Mullin in 1904. They had four children: Mary, Arthur, Kathleen, and Joseph. James A. Ready (1871-1937) attended St. Dunstan's University, graduated with distinction from the Bachelor of Arts Program, and was selected as the Class Valedictorian in 1897. His original valedictory address is conserved in the PEI Collection at the UPEI Robertston Library. During 1895-1897, Mr. Ready served as the editor of the St. Dunstan's school newspaper, The Collegium. Following graduation, Mr. Ready taught school in Irishtown for two years then held the positions of Vice-Principal and Principal of Kensington School. In 1903 he joined the editorial staff of the Summerside newspaper. Annie (Mullin) Ready (1876-1931) grew up on a farm in Kensington. She worked as dressmaker and homemaker. Mary Ready (1906-1992) was born in Boston. She was a teacher in Kensington for approximately 10 years then graduated from a Nursing Program in Halifax and practiced private nursing there. She then moved to Montreal to work with the Victoria Order of Nurses (VON). Mary taught private piano lessons, served as the Charter President of the Senior Citizens Federation, and volunteered with various organizations. Mary played organ at church and played music at the silent pictures in Kensington. Arthur Ready (1908-1987) lived in Kensington and was an electrician by trade. He attended SDU and PWC. Arthur Ready also enjoyed music and his generosity, in a quiet way, contributed to the establishment of this scholarship. Kathleen (Ready) McIver received her first class teaching license at Prince of Wales College and taught in country schools and the Summerside School. Kathleen was involved in a considerable number of volunteer organizations with leadership roles. Joseph Ready (1914-1941) served as a fighter pilot in World War II. He was killed in the line of duty. Joe wrote a letter to his family one year before his death, which was to be given to his family in the event of his death at war. The letter is preserved at the Kensington War Museum. Joseph also attended St. Dunstan's University. In commemoration of her entire family, Kathleen Ready McIver created this scholarship.|