The Dr. Rudy Ffrench Trailblazer Award is presented annually by Business Is Jammin’ to Nova Scotian youth of African Descent for contributions to their community, as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as volunteers, students, athletes and/or artists.

Among these outstanding individuals, two youth from across the Province are selected annually as “Trailblazers” and are awarded a $1,000 scholarship towards tuition, books, or other related fees at a recognized post secondary educational institution.


Marcel Desmond

Antigonish, NS
St. Francis Xavier University

Alenne Adekayode

Halifax, NS
Concordia University


Carmahn McCalla

Dartmouth, NS
Dalhousie University

Keona Mae Simmons

Dartmouth, NS
St. Thomas University