Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Scholarships and Awards

To encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement, Acadia University offers scholarships and awards to incoming students as well as scholarships, prizes, medals and awards to current students.
 
Incoming students will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships, provided they meet the criteria. 
 
Current students will automatically be considered for most undergraduate scholarships for which they qualify. Some awards do require an application. We will email any eligible current students, asking if they would like to apply, and will provide the award details.
 
Students who have been awarded a renewable scholarship may have the award extended up to four years, provided they meet the criteria. We will consider renewal on an individual basis for those students who are graduating from a three-year program and plan to return for a fourth year of undergraduate study.

Acadia Divinity College students are ineligible for funding through these programs and should contact ADC directly with funding inquiries.


Click on the appropriate highlighted letter to search by name or use the listing on the right to locate scholarships by category.

A. Ruth (Mackinnon) Laws (of Pictou County) Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics

Scholarship of up to $1,200 | Eligibility: Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year

The A. Ruth (Mackinnon) Laws (of Pictou County) Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics is awarded annually to the student achieving top marks at the end of the second year in a program offered through the School of Nutrition and Dietetics or a successor or the most closely related school or program. The scholarship, valued at $1,200 (or the actual yield from the endowment not to exceed $1,200) is made possible through the generosity of Mr.Charles Laws of Sidney, BC in memory of his wife Ruth (Acadia '37)

AAAU Athletic Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The AAAU Athletic Awards are awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics to two Acadia women’s varsity athletes. The recipients should be quality student-athletes who show exemplary leadership and dedication in their sport, community and classroom. Preference is to have the awards directed to two different varsity sports.

The awards have been established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.

Acadia Alumni Student of the Year Award

Award

The Acadia Alumni Student of the Year Award was established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University in 1981 to recognize and honour an outstanding undergraduate student. The award is made annually to a student who has shown outstanding qualities of character, leadership, personality and scholarship and has made significant contributions to university life.

Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic Athletic Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic Athletic Awards. Established in 2013 by Darren and Ann Booth. To be presented annually, for five years, to returning female and male student-athletes who have overcome significant adversity and demonstrate a strong academic standing, community leadership and an above average commitment to improving their athletic performance through physical, mental or other forms of rehabilitative training. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the appropriate therapy and coaching staff.

Acadia University Silver Medal in Theology

Medal | Eligibility: Divinity

The Acadia University Silver Medal in Theology is awarded to the top all-around Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Theology) graduating student at Acadia Divinity College. Primary consideration will be given to students who have achieved a minimum CGPA of 3.6, with at least 75% of their degree requirements having been completed at Acadia. In addition to meeting the academic criteria, students will demonstrate spiritual maturity, an interest in the life of the College, and meaningful contribution to the ministry and life of the Church. This award is made annually at Spring Convocation by the University at the recommendation of the Faculty of Theology. Students may not receive this award more than once.

Acadia University Staff Association Award

Award of up to $1,590

The Acadia University Staff Association Award is made each year to an Acadia Service Employees International Union staff member or their spouse, child, grandchild, step-child, niece or nephew who is a full time student. First consideration will be given to staff and immediate family members. The recipient will be recommended by the SEIU executive. The award is based on academic performance and need.

Acadia Women’s Hockey Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2015 by friends of the women’s ice hockey team, this bursary is awarded annually to a member of the women’s hockey team in recognition of financial need. The recipient has a solid academic record and shows dedication to her team and community.

Acadie Vie/Acadia Life Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration

The Acadie Vie/Acadia Life Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from the Maritime Provinces who enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Preference will be given to a student who is a resident of an Acadian community/region. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Acadie Vie/Acadia Life of Caraquet, New Brunswick.

Alan M. Wilson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

The Alan M. Wilson Scholarship of $960 ($240 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Alan M. Wilson, D.C.L., of Manchester, New Hampshire.

Alce MacLeod Award in Comparative Religion

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Alce MacLeod Award in Comparative Religion was established by Preston Warren (Acadia, 1925) in the name of his wife, Alice MacLeod Warren (Acadia, 1925). The award is in the amount of $195. Students who have excelled in the study of Comparative Religion are eligible for the award, but preference will be given to one who intends to proceed to a degree in theology upon completion of the Bachelor's degree.

Alden B. Dawson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Alden B. Dawson Scholarship. One or two scholarships are awarded annually for advanced study in biology, to a Masters student or to an Honours student. Dr. Alden B. Dawson (B.A. Acadia, 1915; Ph.D. Harvard, 1918; D.Sc. Acadia, 1938) was a distinguished professor of Anatomy and Zoology at Harvard University.

Alden R. Clark Athletic Award

Award of up to $1,505 | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Alden R. Clark Athletic Award is provided by Dr. Alden R. Clark (B.A. Acadia, 1924; D.C.L. (Hon.), 1978) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The award is given on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a New Brunswick resident entering their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia who has given evidence of good academic achievement, leadership and sporting behaviour and has participated in varsity intercollegiate sport. At the discretion of the Director of Athletics, two awards of equal value may be made in any given year.

Alden R. Clark Scholarship in Business Administration

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Entering first year, New Brunswick

The Alden R. Clark Scholarship in Business Administration is a renewable entrance scholarship of $1400 established by Dr. Alden R. Clark (B.A. Acadia, 1924; D.C.L. (Hon.), 1978) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is available to a resident of the Province of New Brunswick who is entering the School of Business Administration.

Alex McLaughlin (’14) Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

Established in 2015, to be awarded to an entering full-time student who is a high school varsity athlete showing exceptional commitment to sport. Preference for students from the Dartmouth area.

Alex McLaughlin passed away just prior to his graduation from Acadia University in 2014 at the age of 23. While at Acadia, he played varsity basketball for two years and his winning basket in 2008 secured the Axemen’s place in the Atlantic University Sport finals. Educated in Dartmouth schools, Alex was a stellar athlete, excelling in basketball, volleyball, golf, badminton, paddling, baseball and even bowling. He was male athlete of the year as a senior at Dartmouth High School and represented Nova Scotia on the U17 provincial basketball team in 2007. Alex was quiet and shy with a rich sense of humour, giving love and light to those who knew his soft and gentle soul.

Alexander L. Anderson Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Science, Biology, Chemistry

The Alexander L. Anderson Bursary. The late Mrs. A. L. Anderson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has left to the University an amount sufficient to yield $3800 per year which is to be used to assist students of superior ability in need of help who are majoring in chemistry or biology, preferably, but not necessarily, those who are looking forward to medicine.

Alexander L. Anderson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

The Alexander L. Anderson Scholarship. A scholarship of $320 has been endowed by the late Mrs. A. L. Anderson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in memory of her husband, the late Alexander L. Anderson, M.D. (Horton Academy, 1892), to be awarded to a qualified entrant from the Province of New Brunswick. If a satisfactory record is maintained, the scholarship will be continued for the same student throughout the academic program. If in any year no student qualifies for the award, the sum may be used as bursary aid for needy and deserving students.

Alfred C. Fuller Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Alfred C. Fuller Scholarship of $960 ($320 a year for up to three years) was endowed by Mr. Alfred C. Fuller of Hartford, Connecticut.

Alfred D. Arthurs Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Science, Chemistry, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Alfred D. Arthurs Scholar-Bursaries in Chemistry are awarded annually to students who have declared a major in chemistry on the basis of scholastic achievement and financial need. The scholar-bursaries are available to entering and continuing students. The scholar-bursaries were established by Alfred D. Arthurs, a member of the graduating class of 1929.

Alfred D. Arthurs Scholarship in Chemistry

Scholarship | Eligibility: Science, Chemistry, Entering first year

The Alfred D. Arthurs Scholarship in Chemistry is awarded annually to an entering student who has declared a major in chemistry. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 ($5,500 in one year and $1,500 in each subsequent year). Renewal of the scholarship will be subject to the policies of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee. The scholarship was established by Alfred D. Arthurs, a member of the gradating class of 1929.

Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Art, Music, Theatre Studies, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Scholarships were provided for in the Estate of Dr. Marion Elder Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1921; M.A. Toronto, 1931; LL.D., U.N.B., 1950; DCL Acadia, 1964). Dr. Grant was Dean of Women (1936-60), President of the Canadian Federation of University Women (1949-52), President of the Associated Alumni (1961­63) and member of the Board of Governors (1976-87). In 1984 she was chosen as "Woman of the Century" by the Associated Alumni. She died in 1989. Alice Maud Fitch Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1885; M.A. 1892; M.A. McMaster, 1894) was the second woman to graduate from Acadia. The in-course scholarships are available annually to students entering the second or subsequent years of study in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts (Art), or Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) on recommendation of the appropriate Dean or Director.

Alumni Bursary – Valley Branch

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Alumni Bursary – Valley Branch will be awarded to two entering students with demonstrated financial need from high schools in the Annapolis Valley. Preference will be given to students with a direct Acadia alumni connection (son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter).

These awards were established in 2009 and have been provided from the proceeds of the Annual Acadia Alumni Golf Tournament held in the Annapolis Valley.

Alumni Swimming Leadership Award

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

Alumni Swimming Leadership Award. Established in 2014 by Rob Harris, Class of 1995. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity swimmer who demonstrates commitment to leadership in the pool while maintaining strong academic standards as a student athlete in the classroom.

This award will be open to eligible students with an academic average of 70% or more.

Alvah H. and Mabel DeW. Chipman Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Science, Entering first year

The Alvah H. and Mabel DeW. Chipman Memorial Scholarships. Two of $2600 each have been provided by gifts of Sidney S. Chipman (Acadia, 1924), Carol Chipman Noble (Acadia, 1925), and Curtis H. Chipman in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvah H. Chipman, formerly of Hampton, New Brunswick, and of their paternal grandparents, the Rev. Alfred Chipman (Acadia, 1855) and Mrs. Alice Shaw Chipman, the first principal of Acadia Ladies Seminary (1861). The awards are made annually to entering students on the basis of scholarship and financial need. They may be renewed for a second year providing a satisfactory academic record is maintained. Preference is given to students with major interest in the fine arts or natural sciences.

Ambassador of Austria in Canada Book Prize in German

Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 2nd year

The Ambassador of Austria in Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Austrian Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their second year of study of German.

Ambassador of Spain in Canada Book Prize in Spanish

Prize | Eligibility: Spanish

The Ambassador of Spain in Canada Book Prize in Spanish is provided by the Spanish Embassy to be awarded by the Department of Spanish on the basis of distinction to the graduating student major who has achieved the highest average throughout their years of study of the Spanish language.

Ambassador of Switzerland Canada Book Prize in German

Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 3rd year

The Ambassador of Switzerland Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Swiss Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their third year of study of German.

Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada Book Prizes in German

Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada Book Prizes in German are provided by the German Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student each in their first, second and third year of study of German who has achieved the highest average.

Amelia Black Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Amelia Black Bursary. A fund bequeathed by the late Miss Amelia Black provides $30 to be used to assist some needy student in the School of Music

Andrew P. Watson Memorial Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Andrew P. Watson Memorial Entrance Scholarship ($3120) was endowed by his sister, Mrs. Anna Coward. Mr. Watson (B.A. Acadia, 1917) had a distinguished career as a teacher in schools in Cape Breton and Quebec. The scholarship is awarded annually to a superior entrant without reference to program

Anna Julia Taylor Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, French, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Anna Julia Taylor Memorial Scholarship is available in the second or subsequent year, on recommendation of the Department of French, to a student who is pursuing an honours program in French. Dr. Taylor graduated from Memorial, Dalhousie and Columbia Universities and studied at the Sorbonne. She taught at Acadia from 1948 to 1956.

Annapolis Valley Muslim Community Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Annapolis Valley Muslim Community Scholarship will be awarded annually to two entering students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from the Annapolis Valley.

This award was established in 2009 by the Annapolis Valley Muslim Community in appreciation of becoming part of the community.

Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year

The Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second year student registered in a program leading to the Bachelor of Education degree. The recipient must have demonstrated an interest adding to the quality of life of others through campus or community activities and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia IODE in memory of Annie G. Murray (Sem 1911). Miss Murray was a dedicated teacher and member of the IODE and was involved in many community activities.

Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarship are provided for from the Estate of Malcolm Smith, a friend of the University, in memory of his mother. The scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the University with preference for Annapolis County residents.

Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship

The Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarships are provided for, from the Estate of Malcolm Smith, a friend of the University, in memory of his mother. The scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the University with preference for Annapolis County residents.

Anthony G. Fanok Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Science

The Anthony G. Fanok Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering or returning student in the Faculty of Science with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Canada with an interest in athletic activities. The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Anthony G. Fanok, BSC '63.

APENS Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year

APENS Entrance Scholarship. APENS provides a scholarship annually to a graduating student from each of the Associate Universities in Nova Scotia, who exhibit academic excellence. The scholarship to be held at DalTech. Candidates must apply to their University. The scholarship consists of a certificate, memento, and a cash value of $2000. The Director of Engineering at each of the six Associated Universities will make the selection for the university.

APENS Prize

Prize | Eligibility: Applied Science

APENS Prize. APENS selects one Prize winner each year from the APENS Award winners at each of the Associated Universities. The APENS Prize will replace the Award. The Prize consist will consist of an engraved certificate, a memento and a cash prize subjected to registration to DalTech, in an accredited engineering program. Valued at $2000. The Prize winner will be selected by the Student Affairs Committee of APENS. The candidates will be judged on a brief oral presentation and a written application.

Archibald A. Reid Memorial Scholarship in Music

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Archibald A. Reid Memorial Scholarship in Music is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a needy student in the Bachelor of Music degree program who possesses superior musical and academic talents. The scholarship, established in 1978, is provided by Allan A. Reid, B.Comm. McGill, 1953, (father of Clifford A. Reid, B.A., B.Ed. Acadia, 1971), in response to a suggestion of his late wife, Camille, nee Delorme, who had high regard for Acadia's School of Music and loving affection for her late father-in-law.

Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science

Scholarship of up to $15,000 | Eligibility: Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Entering first year, Graduate

The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Science at Acadia University are among the most prestigious of university scholarships.

The scholarships provide some of the best students at Acadia University with the financial assistance and research support they need in order to excel in their studies. Furthermore, recipients are part of a mentorship program and are provided with invaluable opportunities in research at the renowned K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. The financial assistance component of the scholarship is renewable and is valued at $15,000 per academic year.

Arthur Owen Hickson Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Science

The Arthur Owen Hickson Scholar-Bursary in Computer Science is awarded annually to one or more students in a Bachelor of Science degree program on the basis of financial need and academic performance. It may be awarded to entering or in-course students. The scholar-bursary has been made possible through a bequest from the late Dorothy B. Hickson of Saint John, New Brunswick in memory of her brother, Arthur Owen Hickson (BA '21).

Arthur, Norman, Dean and David Rogers Scholarship

Scholarship

The Arthur, Norman, Dean and David Rogers Scholarship was provided for by the late Arthur Rogers (B.A. Acadia, 1915; LL.B. Dalhousie, 1921; K.C. 1933; D.C.L. Acadia, 1938). It is awarded at the end of each year on recommendation of the Students' Council to the student who has shown the most outstanding leadership in student affairs during that year.

ASU Student Leadership Scholarship

Scholarship

The ASU Student Leadership Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more returning students who are nominees for an ASU Leadership Award and have made a significant contribution to student life at Acadia University both inside and outside the classroom while maintaining a recognizable academic standard. The scholarship was established in 2004 through generous contributions from Sodexho and the Acadia Students’ Union.

Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists Donald G. Dodds Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Science, Biology, Current 4th year

The Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists Donald G. Dodds Scholarship is awarded annually on recommendation of the Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Faculty of Science. Preference will be given to graduate students in the Masters of Science program in Biology. If in any year the scholarship cannot be awarded to a graduate student, it can be awarded to an honours student enrolled in Biology and should that not be possible to a graduate student or an honours student enrolled in the Faculty of Science. Candidates should have a demonstrated academic focus on fish and wildlife biology. The scholarship has been funded by the Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists.

AUFA Student Bursaries

Bursary

The AUFA STUDENT BURSARY will be awarded annually to an Acadia University student who exhibits financial need. Preference will be given to an immediate family member (child or spouse) of any unionized employee (not limited to Acadia University unions).

The bursary was established in 2007 by the Acadia University Faculty Association.

Augusta Ada Single Parent Award

Award | Eligibility: Science, Computer Science, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Augusta Ada Single Parent Award is available to a needy single parent who is in receipt of benefits from the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services or receiving similar benefits from another source. The eligible student must be taking at least four credits and have a minimum A­ (80%) average. Preference is given to women in computer science. The award is provided by Alumni and Friends in honour of the contributions of Augusta Ada in the field of computer science as the world's first computer programmer.

Scholarships
Awarded to a student during the admission process or during the academic term on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement or leadership qualities. A minimum average of 80% is required.  For renewable scholarships, students must maintain an 80% (or SGPA of 3.50) in their first year and 85% (or SGPA of 3.67) in their second and subsequent years.
Departmental Awards
At the end of each academic year (after final exams-April) students are automatically considered for scholarship however students should check with their department/school to see whether a separate application is required. 
Bursaries
Granted to a student with demonstrated financial need which is determined by the Scholarship and Financial Assistance Office. Applicants must also be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their program of study.
 
The University has a limited amount of money available each year to be awarded to needy and deserving students in the form of bursaries. The money has been provided by individuals and organizations specifically to provide financial assistance to needy students who are performing satisfactorily in an academic program as full‑time undergraduates. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant is registered as a full‑time undergraduate student. In addition, the applicant must have explored all other possible sources of financial assistance such as parental or other family support, Canada Student Loan, State Loan, Higher Education Loan Plan, etc. Click the Bursary and Loan link located on the left-hand side for more information and access to the application form.
Scholar-Bursaries
Awarded primarily on the basis of both academic achievement and demonstrated financial need (dependent on Canada or US loans to fund their education).
Awards and Prizes
Awarded based on a wide spectrum of donor determined criteria which may be limited to specific programs or activities.