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.

H. Rosamond Wallace Prize in Music

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

The H. Rosamond Wallace Prize in Music, being the interest on an endowment bequeathed by Lewis Fisher Wallace in memory of his wife, provides $160 to be awarded to that student in the School of Music who shows the greatest proficiency in accompanying for congregational singing, in sight reading and in transposition.

Haldane A. Hynes Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary

The Haldane A. Hynes Memorial Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to entering or returning students in a degree program with demonstrated financial need.

The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2006 by Mrs. Janet G. Hynes as a memorial to her husband, Haldane A. (Hal) Hynes who graduated from Acadia University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree.

Haley Medal and Prize

Medal | Eligibility: Athletics

The Haley Medal and Prize are awarded at Spring Convocation in conjunction with a trophy to the female graduating student who has made the most outstanding contribution to varsity athletics, other extracurricular activities and scholarship. The medal and trophy were donated in 1990 by the Haley family to honour Jean Ingraham Haley, Acadia '37, and the four generations of Haley men and women who have contributed greatly to athletics at Acadia. In recognition of generous gifts from Peter (’67) and Luci Haley in 2015, and from David (’64) and Ellen Haley in 2017, a cash prize was added and is awarded annually to the recipient of the Haley Medal.

Hamilton Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Hamilton Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students in the third or fourth year of an honours program, on recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and intend to pursue graduate study in the mathematical sciences. The scholarship was established in 2004 through the generosity of William B. Hamilton.

Hannah Miller Memorial Award

Award

The Hannah Miller Memorial Award is awarded annually to a returning student, chosen based on equal consideration for an individual who best demonstrates involvement, energy and enthusiasm for minor hockey, good academic achievement and leadership in female hockey. The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee, chaired by the Director of the School of Kinesiology. The award was established in 2011 in memory of Hannah Miller, a 7 year old player in the Acadia Minor Hockey Association (AMHA), to perpetuate the legacy of her love and enthusiasm for hockey.

Harcourt L. Cameron Award

Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology

The Harcourt L. Cameron Award. The Fletcher Geology Club has provided for an annual award of books or instruments to be made to any geology student who is a member of the Club and whose achievements in geology merit praise.

Harold B Colwell-University Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

University Entrance Scholarships valued at $3500 each ($875 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year.

Harold B. Schurman Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Prince Edward Island

The Harold B. Schurman Scholarships, two renewable entrance scholarships are awarded every third or fourth year to residents of P.E.I. who are domiciled in that province at the time of graduation from high school. Mr. Schurman was a lifelong friend and supporter of Acadia University.

Harold Campbell Vaughan Memorial Scholarship in History

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 4th year

The Harold Campbell Vaughan Memorial Scholarship in History was established by the late Dr. and Mrs. Harold Stearns Vaughan of New York in memory of their son, Harold Campbell Vaughan. The annual scholarship of $560 is for the encouragement of historical studies at Acadia University. It is to be awarded on the recommendation of the Department of History to a student who has made a distinguished record in the History courses of the undergraduate curriculum and who is entering any one of the following programs of work in regular session at Acadia University: (a) the fourth undergraduate year of Honours History, and (b) the fourth year of a pass course with a major in history. The scholarship is credited on the student's fees at Acadia.

Harold M. Nason Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $710 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year

The Harold M. Nason Memorial Scholarship was established by family and friends to honour Dr. Nason (B.A. Acadia, 1934; M.A., 1938; D.C.L., 1960; B. Paed. Toronto, 1942; A.I.E. University of London, 1950) who devoted his entire life to the progress of education in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The scholarship is awarded annually in January on recommendation of the Director of the School of Education to a superior Bachelor of Education student who has demonstrated qualities of leadership and excellence in teaching and who needs financial support.

Harold R. Haley Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

The Harold R. Haley Scholarship of $635 is provided annually by the family of the late Harold R. Haley (Acadia, '13). Preference is to be given to an entering student from Charlotte County, New Brunswick. Reversion, if necessary, is to a student from elsewhere in New Brunswick.

Harold Ryan Award in Engineering

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science

Established in 2015 by Marjorie Matheson (’48) in memory of her brother, the Harold Ryan Award in Engineering is granted to a full-time student in the Ivan Curry School of Engineering on the recommendation of Faculty.

Originally from Truro, Harold Ryan studied engineering at Acadia until 1947 before completing his education at Nova Scotia Technical College in Halifax. He worked with Nova Scotia Power prior to moving to New Jersey and California for the rest of his career.

Harold Sheldon Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship

The Harold Sheldon Memorial Scholarship. This award, endowed by Dr. John and Mrs. Kathleen Sheldon of Newfoundland in 1987, in memory of their son, is awarded on the basis of academic excellence to a student entering the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree program. The award is restricted to students who completed their secondary education in Newfoundland.

Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary

The Harrison McCain Scholar-Bursaries are available annually to entering students attending University who have graduated from a high school in Canada. 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, leadership qualities, and a recognized initiative in funding your own education. The number of scholarship/bursaries available may vary from year to year. Renewal criteria to be met each year.

Harrison Wentworth Fawcett Memorial Prize

Prize of up to $40 | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Harrison Wentworth Fawcett Memorial Prize. A prize of $40 endowed by the late W. C. Smith of Sackville is to be awarded to a student in German selected by the Department of German in consultation with the Dean of Arts.

Harry T. Walker Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $4,520 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Med, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

This scholarship is to be used annually to assist pre-medical or pre-dental students of the third or fourth year who are of good moral character and of sound scholarship. Preference will be given to having one recipient from Colchester County, Nova Scotia.

Harvey O. Dobson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Harvey O. Dobson Scholarship with the annual value of $160 endowed by the late Mr. Harvey O. Dobson of Brooklyn, New York, is to be awarded to that student from Sydney Academy entering Acadia with the highest average.

Harvey T. Reid Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Harvey T. Reid Entrance Scholarships. Two non renewable entrance scholarships of $1885 are awarded to entering students of good scholastic record and promising personality as evidenced by school activities and other extracurricular achievements. The scholarships are provided by an endowment from Dr. Harvey T. Reid who graduated from Acadia and Oxford Universities. In offering these scholarships, Dr. Reid, a Rhodes Scholar, is encouraging students of balanced accomplishment to enter university.

Hayward Scholarships in Comparative Religion

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Hayward Scholarships in Comparative Religion were established through the generosity of the late Ms. Constance Hayward of Wolfville. One scholarship in the amount of $590 and two in the amount of $295 may be awarded to students who have excelled in the study of Comparative Religion and who, in the previous year of university, have attained high academic standing. The awards will be applied against the students' fees at Acadia University.

Hayward Silver Medal

Medal | Eligibility: Arts

The Hayward Silver Medal is awarded at Spring Convocation each year to the graduating student from the Faculty of Arts whose standing is closest to that of the Governor General's medallist. The medal was established in recognition of the many contributions of the Hayward family to Acadia and especially in memory of Constance Hayward (1906-1982). The medal is provided by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University and was first awarded in May 1983.

Hazel Duncanson Vaughan Memorial Scholarship in Art

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

An annual scholarship awarded to a student in a studio art course who demonstrates exceptional ability and competence. The scholarship, established in memory of Hazel Duncanson Vaughan (B.Sc. (H.Ec.) Acadia, '42), a life-long enthusiast of the fine arts, is awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Art.

Hazel Miriam Dunham Cleghorn Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary

The Hazel Miriam Dunham Cleghorn Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia University who has demonstrated financial need and outstanding academic and atheletic achievements. The scholar-bursary was established by John Cleghorn and his family in 1998 in memory of his mother, Hazel Miriam Dunham Cleghorn, (BSH '35), an outstanding student-athlete who excelled both in the classroom and on the basketball court.

Heather and Rex Dunn Environmental Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Graduate

The Heather and Rex Dunn Environmental Scholarship is awarded annually to third year, fourth year, or graduate students who have demonstrated a strong interest and aptitude for environmental topics. Preference will be given to students in the Faculty of Science.

This award has been established by Heather Dunn (SDE 1965) and Rex Dunn (BSC 1965 & MSC 1967).

Helen Starr Boggs Memorial Scholarship in Drama

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

The Helen Starr Boggs Memorial Scholarship in Drama. A capital sum has been provided by members of her family in memory of Helen Starr Boggs (1898 - 1986), the income from which is available in the form of a scholarship to a student entering the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate program, who has good academic standing, the respect of both faculty and students, and who has demonstrated outstanding potential in drama.

Helena Isabella Oliver Prize in Music

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

The Helena Isabella Oliver Prize in Music was established by her family as a memorial to a friend of Acadia who was a teacher and musician. Born in 1908 she died in 1991. The prize is awarded to an in-course student preferably in piano or voice based on academic performance and outstanding musical talent.

Henry and Rena Demone Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Henry and Rena Demone Entrance Scholarships are awarded on a renewable basis to two Nova Scotia high school graduating students. Preference will be given to those who have demonstrated financial need.

The scholarships have been generously established by Henry (BSCH, Acadia, 1976) and Rena Demone who wished to provide a gift that would have a meaningful impact on the educational development of Acadia students.

Henry Birks Medal in Education

Medal | Eligibility: Education

The Henry Birks Medal in Education is awarded to the student who has attained the highest average in courses of the Bachelor of Education program.

Henry Lyons Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $40 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year

The Henry Lyons Memorial Scholarship. An endowed scholarship with an annual value of $40 is to be awarded to the student with the highest mark in English 1006 who is proceeding to a major in English. The amount is to be paid on the fees of the junior year.

Henry P. MacKeen Prize in Latin

Prize of up to $160 | Eligibility: Arts, Latin, Current 1st year

A scholarship in the amount of $160 was provided by the late Dr. Harvey E. Crowell to be awarded on the basis of distinction to a full time student with the highest mark in a Latin course.

Henry P. MacKeen Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Latin, Current 1st year

A scholarship in the amount of $160 was provided by the late Dr. Harvey E. Crowell to be awarded on the basis of distinction to the student with the highest mark in Latin 1006 who plans to proceed to a major in Latin. Open to renewal.

Herbert Francis Scott Thomas Memorial Trophy in Debating

Trophy

The Herbert Francis Scott Thomas Memorial Trophy in Debating instituted by the Athenaeum Debating Society is awarded annually for distinction in intercollegiate debating, qualities of personality, capacity for analytical thinking, organization and expression to that candidate deemed most worthy by the Faculty Debating Committee.

Hicks Family Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Biology, Education

Established in 2014 by Judith (Hicks) Adams, Class of 1967, in honour of her parents Milledge Hicks (CAS 1935) and Charlotte (Fisher) Hicks (BA 1936), and her sister Mary Ellen Hicks (BA 1970, B.Ed 1971, M.Ed 1981). To be awarded to a full-time returning student in recognition of academic achievement. The award will rotate on an annual basis between students in the faculties of Arts, Pure and Applied Science (preference for Biology or Engineering), and Professional Studies (preference for Education).

Hockey Player Memorial Trophy

Trophy | Eligibility: Athletics

The Hockey Player Memorial Trophy is presented for annual award to the first year hockey player who, in the judgment of the hockey coach, has shown most improvement during the season.

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.