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.

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.

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 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: Pure and Applied 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: Pure and Applied 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.

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.

Alvah H. and Mabel DeW. Chipman Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied 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.

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

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 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.

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.

Arthur Irving Scholarships in Environmental Science

Scholarship of up to $15,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied 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.

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.