Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Apply for the Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Science

For students pursuing studies in environmental science or biology, the Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Science are among the most prestigious awards in Canada, offering financial assistance as well as mentorship and research project options.

Established by the Arthur Irving Academy Foundation, these scholarships make possible recipients’ learning experiences at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, which will be integral parts of the students' education. Applicants are asked to submit a 500-word essay describing their interest in environmental science and the value of scientific and environmental research in making a significant difference to the world.

Value: Scholarships are awarded to high school students at a value of $60,000 ($15,000 per year) and graduate students at a value of $40,000 ($20,000 per year). All recipients must enroll or be enrolled in environmental science or biology at Acadia University.

Each recipient must present strong academic credentials and have a history of leadership, community service and extracurricular activities. Renewability conditions apply for each of the three scholarships.

Deadline: Applications for the undergraduate scholarship must be received by March 31. Applications for the graduate scholarship must be received by May 31.

The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships Review Panel will select and interview a shortlisted group of applicants. The panel comprises Ray Ivany, Acadia University President and Vice-Chancellor; Dr. David Kristie, Director of Research at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre; and the Trustees of the Arthur Irving Academy, including Arthur, Sandra and Sarah Irving.

Shortlisted candidates for the undergraduate scholarship will be interviewed in Wolfville in early April. Candidates from outside of the Atlantic Provinces may be interviewed by Skype or videoconference.

Please send your completed application to the Director of Research of the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre, Dr. David Kristie.