Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Entrance Scholar-bursaries

Application Deadline March 1st

The Acadia Entrance Scholar-Bursary application is located at Acadia Central

Acadia offers a number scholar-bursaries, which are based on academic standing and demonstrated unmet financial need. Some of our scholar-bursaries, such as the Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary (valued at more than $40,000) are renewable up to four years. 

We encourage you to apply for scholar-bursaries if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have an average of at least 80% in the courses required for admission. (We calculate your scholarship average by combining the results of your grade 11 and mid-year grade 12 courses that are required for admission.)
  • You are a transfer student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.67 or 80% average.
  • You can demonstrate financial need. Applying for a student loan is the easiest way to show need.
  • Apply by March 1st and supply all supporting documentation

How to apply

Complete the Scholar-Bursary application form at Acadia Central

Entrance Scholar-Bursaries requiring a separate application

The Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursary
($16,000 over 4 years)

The Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursaries are available annually to students from a Canadian high school entering university. Each award has a program value of $16,000 payable over a four-year course of study in the amount of $4,000 per year.

Criteria for the awards include a minimum 80% average in senior year of high school, financial need (must qualify for student loan), leadership qualities, and a recognized initiative in funding your own education. The number of scholar-bursaries may vary from year to year. To have the scholarship renewed, students must meet the criteria.

Value: $4,000/year
Deadline: March 1

Application Form

The Spicer Hennessey Scholar-Bursary
($28,000 + $16,000 [residence scholarship] over 4 years)

The Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary will be awarded on a renewable basis to one or more full-time entering Acadia students, born in Nova Scotia, enrolling in an undergraduate program of either Business or Science. Recipients must be graduates of a Nova Scotia high school, with an admission average of 85% or higher. Preference will be given to students graduating from a high school in Truro or Parrsboro. The award holds a value of up to $28,000. In addition, the award includes a complimentary room in residence courtesy of Acadia University for each of the four years at Acadia at a value of approximately $16,000. The scholar-bursary has been established by Fred G. Spicer (BSc Acadia 1973, MSc Acadia 1975) and Bertha L. Spicer (Hennessey) (BSH Acadia 1973) in tribute of Fred D. (1936 Acadia BSc) and Helen E. Spicer; Basil R. and Flora Hennessey; and Anne Baggs (Spicer) (1968 Acadia BSH).

Value: $28,000 + $16,000 (residence scholarship) over 4 years
Deadline: March 1
Apply through Acadia Central Scholar-Bursary application