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.

B. Harrison Black Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Economics

The B. Harrison Black Scholar-Bursary was established in honour of B. Harrison Black ('33) in 2013 by his wife and family. The scholar-bursary is available on departmental nomination to a returning student majoring or honouring in Economics.

Born in Truro, Nova Scotia, B. Harrison Black received his education in Economics at Acadia University ('33) and University of Toronto (MA '35). He spent his career with Bell Canada in Toronto, interrupted by WWII where he became Flight Lieutenant with the RAF. He married Lillian Coy in 1947 and had two children who both graduated from Acadia: Louise ('70) and Robert ('75).

B. L. Thurber Scholarship

Scholarship

The B. L. Thurber Scholarship. The sum of $950 is to be awarded to students from Freeport, Central Grove, Tiverton, Westport, or failing these, any students in Digby County, Nova Scotia.

B. Marion Power Canadian History Prize

Prize | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The B. Marion Power Canadian History Prize of $35 annually, endowed by Miss B. Marion Power (Acadia, '37), is awarded to the student majoring in history who obtains the highest standing in History 1306 (Canadian History).

B.V.I. Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Aboriginal and/or Africian Nova Scotia

The B.V.I Memorial Award is provided annually to a varsity football player who demonstrates quality of character both as a student and athlete. Preference will be given to a student with financial need and of Aboriginal or African descent. The award is on recommendation of the Head Football Coach and the Director of Varsity Athletics and may be renewed at their discretion. The Award is made available through a gift from Gordon B. Swinamer and is in memory and honor of his wife Barbara, his mother Vera, and his mother-in-law Irene.

Barbara and Phillip Thorpe Scholar-Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nova Scotia

Established in 2014 by alumnus Phillip Thorpe ('58) and his wife Barbara, to be awarded on a renewable basis to a entering full-time undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science. This student, from Nova Scotia, must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

Born in Wolfville, Phillip Thorpe grew up on a farm in Ross Corner, Nova Scotia and attended Acadia with his brother Ralph, where they roomed together for four years. After receiving his CAS and BSc (Math), Phil attended McGill for engineering and met and married Barbara, who was studying biochemistry. They moved to Calgary where Phil made his career with Shell.

Barrett Corporation Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Barrett Corporation Award is provided to any students entering Acadia University who are children of full-time employees of Barrett Corporation and its subsidiaries (provided they are not recipients of the Barrett Scholarship). The award will be provided toward the first year of study. Recipients will also receive an offer for summer employment with Barrett Corporation or one of its subsidiaries throughout the student's program at Acadia.

Barry Moody (’67) Scholarship in the Arts

Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established in 2014 by Patricia Townsend to honour the dedication of Dr. Barry Moody, ’67 as a professor, scholar and administrator, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student entering third of fourth year, in the Faculty of Arts in recognition of academic excellence and leadership. Preference for a student from Atlantic Canada.

Beatrice Spence-Ross Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $835 | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Psychology, Sociology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Beatrice Spence-Ross Scholarship was established by Dr. Beatrice Spence-Ross, social psychologist and historian, counsellor and popular writer, and a former member of the Acadia University Department of Sociology. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Sociology or the Department of Psychology to a student with high academic standing in the third or fourth year of undergraduate study, majoring in one of these departments and who intends to proceed to post baccalaureate study in gerontology. Preference may be given to a female student who is a resident of Annapolis or Hants Counties.

Bell Family Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Bell Family Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering well-rounded student from Liverpool Regional High School, Nova Scotia on the basis of academic performance. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated financial need. The gifted scholarship was established in 2005 by Dr. Frank G. Bell (BA, BSCH Acadia 1949, 1950) and the Bell Family.

Bernard N. Cain Memorial Scholarship (Engineering)

Scholarship of up to $2,095 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The Bernard N. Cain Memorial Scholarship (Engineering) was established in 1980 by alumni, friends and family of Professor Cain (E.C. Acadia, 1933; B.Eng. N.S.T.C., 1935) who joined the faculty of the School of Engineering in 1938 and was Dean from 1953 to 1961. It provides one or two scholarships each year to be awarded on the recommendation of the School of Engineering to students who have completed at least one year of study at Acadia, who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who show strong potential for the practice of engineering.

Bertha A. Curry Scholarship

Scholarship

The Bertha A. Curry Scholarship. A scholarship of $115 provided by the late Mr. R. Byrns Curry of Ottawa, Ontario, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertha A. Curry, will be awarded annually to a young lady of good scholastic standing who has shown fine qualities of character, personality and leadership.

Bertie Bowlby Schurman Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship

The Bertie Bowlby Schurman Memorial Scholarships. Two scholarships of $800 each are to be awarded annually to students whose homes are in Queens County, Nova Scotia, and Prince County, Prince Edward Island, respectively. Funds for these scholarships were provided through a bequest from Bertie Bowlby Schurman in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis Schurman, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Bowlby and Robert Percival Schurman.

Beulah Wry Noble Memorial Scholarship in Music

Scholarship | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

The Beulah Wry Noble Memorial Scholarship in Music was provided through the generosity of Otto A. Noble (B.Sc. Acadia, 1926) in memory of his wife. The renewable entrance scholarship of $1250 is awarded to a superior student on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music. The late Mrs. Noble was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, and graduated from Acadia Ladies Seminary in 1926 with diplomas in piano and voice and later studied fine arts at Mount Allison. Throughout her life she devoted much time and energy to active church work.

Bill Smith Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $470 | Eligibility: Athletics

The Bill Smith Memorial Scholarship. An endowed scholarship is provided by Mr. and Mrs. David Alman

Smith of Moncton, New Brunswick, in memory of their son, Cadet Officer Willis (Bill) Smith (Acadia, Ex '55) who was killed in training in 1952.- To be awarded annually by the faculty to an Acadia student at the end of the first year on grounds of sporting behaviour, scholarship and leadership.

Birks Family Foundation Bursaries

Bursary

The Birks Family Foundation Bursaries. The Birks Family Foundation has provided funds to be used as emergency funding for needy and deserving students whose contributions to society may prove significant if granted the opportunity to complete the course of study of their choice.

Bishop Silver Medal

Medal | Eligibility: Professional Studies

The Bishop Silver Medal is awarded annually at Spring Convocation to the graduating student from the Faculty of Professional Studies whose standing is closest to that of the Governor General's medalist. The medal was established in 1983 in recognition of the many contributions made by the Bishop family to Acadia and especially in memory of Marianne Bishop Brotz (1946-1982).

Bittner Scholarship in English

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

The Bittner Scholarship in English was established by Alice Holmer Bittner in memory of her husband William R. Bittner who was a professor of English at Acadia from 1967 to 1977. The scholarship is available on Departmental nomination to a student majoring or honouring in English and entering the second or subsequent year of study at Acadia. Preference is given to a student demonstrating an interest in creative writing.

BJ "Spike" and Grace Walters Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The BJ "Spike" and Grace Walters Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia from Lunenburg County who has demonstrated financial need, participation and leadership in community and extra-curricular activities while maintaining high academic achievement. The scholar-bursary has been made possible through the generosity of Bernard J and Grace Walters of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Blackmore Family Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

The BLACKMORE FAMILY SCHOLAR-BURSARY will be awarded annually to an entering or returning undergraduate student on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland-Labrador.

This award has been established by A. R. Blackmore (BA H Acadia 1950).

Blair and Jay Thomson Memorial Award

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

Established in 2017 by Jay Thomson, Axemen Football 1977-1980, is in honour and memory of Jay’s father, Blair Thomson for his lifelong support of Jay’s football youth development. To be awarded to a returning football player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity football team and the Director of Athletics.

Blanche Lehigh and Mansell Lehigh MacLean Bursaries

Bursary

The Blanche Lehigh and Mansell Lehigh MacLean Bursaries in the sum of $525, being the interest on an endowment given by Mansell L. McLean, D.C.L. (B.A. Acadia, '24) of Larchmont, New York, in memory of his mother, a former dean of women, are to be awarded to women in residence.

Blomidon Chapter No.68, Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Bursary

Bursary

The Blomidon Chapter No.68, Order of the Eastern Star Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a student from Horton District High School (or its successor) who is entering the second term of the first year of studies and has demonstrated financial need. The bursary is made possible through the generosity of the Blomidon Chapter No.68, Order of the Eastern Star of Windsor, Nova Scotia.

Board of Governors Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Board of Governors Entrance Scholarships (8) of $1000 each are awarded annually and are renewable for up to four years.

Board of Governors Family Bursaries

Bursary

The Board of Governors Family Bursaries. The Board of Governors of Acadia University will provide a bursary in the amount of $1000 per student in those cases in which there are three or more children from one family registered as full-time students in a program during the September to April academic year at the University, paying full fees and not holding major awards. Application will be received through the Financial Aid Office.

Board of Governors Voluntary Service Bursary

Bursary

The Board of Governors Voluntary Service Bursary. Canadian citizens who are registered in a baccalaureate program of at least five credits may receive a tuition waiver in the year of study immediately following full-time voluntary service abroad with Crossroads International, C.U.S.O., C.I.D.A. or similar organizations. The period of service must be at least four months and must have been immediately prior to undertaking full time study at Acadia. The tuition waiver is available to those whose financial resources would otherwise not be sufficient to permit full time study.

Bob Smye (’78) Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Bob Smye (’78) Memorial Award will be presented annually to a returning football student-athlete. Preference will be given to a recipient that requires financial assistance, demonstrates a strong academic standing and provides leadership in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the Head Coach.

Bruce A. Robinson Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Business Administration

The Bruce A. Robinson Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a returning student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program who has demonstrated financial need. The bursary was established in 2001 by the Robinson family in loving memory of Bruce A. Robinson, former professor in the School of Business Administration at Acadia.

Bruce Andrej Maclean Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science

The Bruce Andrej Maclean Memorial Scholar-Bursary established in 2002 by family and friends, is awarded annually to a student entering a first-year Bachelor of Science degree program at Acadia who demonstrates financial need.

Bruce E Cohoon Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Bruce E Cohoon Scholar-Bursary is awarded to an entering student from Horton High School who demonstrates high academic standing, leadership, extra-curricular involvement and community service. The student should also have financial need.

Burnett W. and Bessie C. Ralston Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Burnett W. and Bessie C. Ralston Scholarship of $720 ($240 a year for up to three years) was endowed by the late Right Honourable (Colonel) J. Layton Ralston, K.C., D.C.L., P.C., in memory of his parents, the late Burnett William and Bessie Chipman Ralston of Amherst, Nova Scotia.

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.