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.

J R (Pat) Ellis Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The J R (Pat) Ellis Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia University from southwest Nova Scotia. The recipient will be a student for whom the cost of post-secondary education might be an impediment to attendance. This scholar-bursary was established in honour of Mr JR (Pat) Ellis, Chairman of Acadia's Board of Governors from 1990-1999 in recognition of his contribution to the University both as a friend and long-time benefactor and to reflect his wish that all students who are academically eligible should have the privilege of attending Acadia University.

J. Fred Fraser Scholarship

Scholarship

The J. Fred Fraser Scholarship. An award of $470 a year, awarded every second year for two years, endowed by Mrs. J. Fred Fraser and family of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in memory of the late Hon. J. Fred Fraser, for many years a member of the Board of Governors of Acadia University, is to be awarded to a student with high standing and great promise with a view to assisting them to complete a university degree. The scholarship is to be a credit one half on the fees of the junior year and one half on the fees of the senior year. Failure to maintain high standing throughout the junior year will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship during the senior year.

J. Glen Tillotson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Physics

The J. Glen Tillotson Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who achieves high academic standing in an Electronics course, within the Department of Physics. The recipient will be selected by the Physics Department’s Scholarship Committee. This scholarship honours the memory of the late Professor Tillotson, a faculty member and expert in the area of electronics and acoustics in the Department of Physics from 1955 until 1986 and recognizes his contributions in developing the electronics offerings at Acadia.

Jack Bone H.M.G. Memorial Bursary

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

The Jack Bone H.M.G. Memorial Bursary is awarded on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to assist promising piano students in the pursuit of musical studies. The bursary, which may be renewed, will be awarded to entering or returning students originating from Cape Breton with demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.

The bursary was established by the estate of Jack Bone to commemorate three wonderful musicians who greatly influenced him; Gordon Harrigan, Allan Joseph MacDonald and St. Clair Grannum.

Jack Scholz Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Kinesiology

The Jack Scholz Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by a grateful former student-athlete in memory of Jack Scholz. Jack was a strong leader and an inspirational member of the Acadia community. A professor in Acadia's School of Recreation and Physical Education, he served for many years as the Head Coach of the men's and women's varsity swim teams, and was the founder of the S.M.I.L.E program. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a varsity athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, commitment to achievement and teamwork. Preference for a member of the swim team. Where possible, the award will be made to a swimmer who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Kinesiology.

Jack Scholz Swimming Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2015 by alumni and friends in Jack Scholz’s memory, this scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the women’s or men’s varsity swim team in recognition of academic excellence. As a Professor of Physical Education from 1973-1995, Jack Scholz also served as Head Coach of the women’s and men’s varsity swim teams, and was the founder of Acadia’s S.M.I.L.E. Program.

Jacqueline R Carter Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Newfoundland

The Jacqueline R Carter Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or returning student in a degree program at Acadia University. Preference will be given to a student(s) graduating from a high school in Newfoundland. The scholarship has been funded by John Carter BBA ’71 and his family, as a tribute to John’s mother, who was the University’s nurse from 1973 to 1987.

James and Dorothy McNally Bursaries

Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics

The James and Dorothy McNally Bursaries are provided to two students from the Atlantic Provinces, in their second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree, with a minimum 70% academic average. The recipients will have demonstrated strong leadership-character type qualities and financial need. One recipient is to be a varsity athlete and will be selected based on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics. The second is to be involved in extra-curricular activities, other than varsity athletics, and will be selected by the University Bursary and Loan Committee.

The awards have been established to honour James and Dorothy McNally by their children Carole(UNB), Daniel(Acadia), Stephen(Acadia), Mary(DAL), Gregory(DAL), Edward(Acadia) and John(Acadia), all who benefited greatly from their parents commitment to providing and supporting them in their educational and extra-curricular pursuits.

James Douglas Wright Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Entering first year

The James Douglas Wright Memorial Scholarship in Geology was established from the Estate of Christine M. Wright (Acadia Seminary '26). J. D. Wright graduated B.A. Acadia, in 1927. The scholarship is awarded to a superior entering student in the B.Sc. in Geology program.

James E. Gould Scholarship

Scholarship

A sum to yield $470 has been paid to the Governors of Acadia University from the Estate of R. Althea Gould to provide a scholarship to be awarded annually to a worthy student.

James L. Stokesbury Memorial Scholarship in History

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

The James L. Stokesbury Memorial Scholarship in History provided by the family and friends of the late Dr. Stokesbury, is awarded annually to a student entering the second or subsequent year of a program leading to a major or honours degree in History, preferably with an interest in European history. Academic performance and need will be the criteria for the awarding of the scholarship. Preference will be given to students who do not already hold major university scholarships.

Dr. James L. Stokesbury (1934 -1995) (BA Acadia, MA Western, PhD Duke) was a long­time member of the Department of History at Acadia University, serving as Head of the Department from 1980-1986. He was an outstanding teacher, and an author of international repute.

James McConnell 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

James W.K. Moores Engineering Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year

The James W.K. Moores Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program at Acadia. Preference will be given to a student from the Campbellton/Northern New Brunswick or Middleton/Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia areas with demonstrated financial need. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Engineering. The scholarship has been established to honor James W.K. Moores (BSC-Eng. Acadia, 1951) by his three son’s James ‘79, Mark, Keith ‘81 and their families.

Jane Louise Robb Memorial Bursary

Bursary of up to $2,950 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The Jane Louise Robb Memorial Bursary. A sum of money to yield $2950 annually has been provided by the family in memory of Jane Louise Robb, a student in the former School of Home Economics, 1975­-76. The money will be awarded on recommendation of the Director of Nutrition and Dietetics to one or more continuing students.

Jane Robb Memorial Prize in Nutrition

Prize | Eligibility: Nutrition

The Jane Robb Memorial Prize in Nutrition provided by her mother, is awarded at Spring Convocation on recommendation of the Director of the School of Nutrition and Food Science to a graduating student who has exhibited leadership potential in the field of nutrition or related areas.

Jane's Again Bursary

Bursary of up to $5,000

Established in 2017 by Jane’s Again Inc. in Wolfville, this bursary is awarded to a full-time female student who is a parent.

Jane’s Again, a women’s consignment clothing store was opened in 2008 by Jani MacDonald. Located on Main Street in Wolfville, Jane’s Again and their partners, value and are committed to giving back to the community annually in support of women and children.

Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music

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

The Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually to a promising student of strings on recommendation from the School of Music.

This award was established through gifts in memory of the late Dean Janis Kalejs and Professor Felicita Kalejs of the School of Music. The Kalejs', through their teaching, inspired their students to use their talents in their careers, for their own pleasure, and for the enjoyment of others: Janis in strings from 1949 to 1973 and Felicita in piano from 1949 to 1979.

JD Walker Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The JD Walker Bursary is awarded annually, for the years 2003-2011 to an entering student who is a graduate of Bridgetown High School. Subsequent to 2011 the bursary will be open to an entering student from any high school in Nova Scotia. The bursary is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance with a preference for a student who has made a contribution to school life through activities such as drama, music and athletics.

The bursary is made possible through the generosity of the late Jack D Walker (BA, Acadia, 1049; BEd, Acadia, 1950) of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. Mr. Walker had a distinguished career in public school teaching and administration.

Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music

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

The Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a student registered in that School who is making commendable progress with preference given in the study of piano or organ.

The award was first provided in 1980 by the late Mrs. MacIntyre's sister, Mrs. W.D. Burden, and daughters, Mrs. Mary Charlotte Reeves and Mrs. Jean P. Amy. The award was updated in 2005 through the generosity of the estate of Jean P. Amy (Class of ’43). Jane MacIntyre graduated from the Acadia Seminary in 1914.”

Jean Cochrane Machum Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Jean Cochrane Machum Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student from the Wolfville area who has been active in extra curricular activities. Preference will be given to a female student. The scholarship was established by Donald A. Machum (Acadia '48) in memory of his wife Jean E. Cochrane Machum (Acadia '51).

Jean Shaw Cole Bursary

Bursary

The Jean Shaw Cole Bursary is awarded annually to returning students of Acadia University with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to female students. The bursary was established in 2009 from the Estate of Jean Winnifred Travers (Cole) (BA, Acadia, 1930).

Jean Swift Education Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year

The Jean Swift Education Award is provided annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree. Preference will be given to a student from the Springhill/Cumberland County area with demonstrated financial need. The recipient will be chosen on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Education.

The award has been established to honour Jean Swift (DSS, Acadia, 1944) who pursued a career in educating others, by her sons David and Bruce (BSC, CAS, Acadia, 1978) Tuck.

Jeanette Robinson Belyea Bursary

Bursary

The Jeanette Robinson Belyea Bursary. Securities yielding an income of $475 annually have been given to the Governors of the University to provide a bursary for a two year period for a student from the town of St. Stephen or from Charlotte County, New Brunswick, who may be nominated by the school trustees of St. Stephen.

Jennie Welton Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Current 2nd year

The Jennie Welton Bursary. A fund yielding $180 bequeathed by the late Jennie Welton (Acadia, 1909), shall be used annually to assist needy and deserving women students in the second year.

Jieh-Yee Wu Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary

The Jieh-Yee Wu Scholar-Bursaries were established by Dr. Jieh-Yee Wu (D.C.L. Acadia, 1993), a resident of Hong Kong, distinguished banker and humanitarian. The fund represents the interest on a substantial gift to the University and is available to students, upon application, on the basis of scholarship and need.

Jim ‘Lefty’ MacVicar Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year

The Jim ‘Lefty’ MacVicar Memorial Award is awarded annually to a Nova Scotia student entering a degree program at Acadia University with a minimum 75% entering average. The award will be made on the basis of academic performance and commitment to athletics prior to attending Acadia University. Preference will be given to a student who is a member of an Acadia University varsity athletics team.

The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the MacVicar Family, to honour late Jim “Lefty” MacVicar (BA Acadia, 1955; BED Acadia 1956) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School. Jim was a proud Axeman on the Acadia University hockey team.

Joan Sutherland Murray Memorial Scholarship (Piano)

Scholarship of up to $315 | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Joan Sutherland Murray Memorial Scholarship (Piano) is awarded annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a deserving student majoring in piano. The scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Murray (B.A. Sec. Science Diploma Acadia, 1953) who, as an accomplished musician, held a life-long interest in music.

Joanne Strum Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Joanne Strum Memorial Scholarship established by family and friends in memory of Joanne Strum (1965-1987), the income from this fund is available for the support of a Canadian student entering the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate program in Computer Science. The recipient shall have good academic standing, demonstrated financial need and shall not hold any other major award. The award shall be made by the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Computer Science.

John D. MacAskill Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary

The John D. MacAskill Memorial Scholar-Bursary is established by family and friends of John D. MacAskill, B.A. (Acadia '52), B.Ed. (Acadia '54), M.Ed. (McGill '71). Dr. MacAskill played varsity hockey during his tenure at Acadia. The bursary is available to a first year student with a sound academic record and a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

John Edgar Eaton Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The John Edgar Eaton Scholarship of $1900 ($475 a year for up to four years) endowed by the late John E. Eaton, D.C.L. (Acadia, 1890) of Boston, Massachusetts.

John Endon Sproule Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year

The John Endon Sproule Entrance Scholarship ($1000 annually for up to four years) is awarded each year to an entering student who has a distinguished high school record. Preference will be given to a student registering in Science. Mr. Sproule (E.C. Acadia, 1913; B.Sc. (C.E.) McGill, 1916) was an engineer with the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission.

John Frauzel Memorial Bursary

Bursary

The John Frauzel Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a Nova Scotia student attending Acadia University who exhibits financial need.

The endowed bursary was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Frauzel Family, to honour Mr. John Frauzel (BSC Acadia 1950; BED Acadia 1951) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School.

John Hugh Robinson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year

The John Hugh Robinson Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. The recipient will have a passion for life and possess an outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated through a strong interest in small business management, sustainable business development and a sense of adventure. The student will take pride and have made outstanding contributions to his/her local and Acadia communities and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning. The scholarship is established by family, friends and the Acadia community to celebrate the life of John Hugh Robinson '00 who died suddenly in November, 1999. John was a Dean's list scholar who left a profound mark on the graduating class of 2000. He was a great friend to many and underlying all of his relationships and activities was an enthusiasm and joy for life. John took great pride in his family, his friends, his home province of Newfoundland and his University.

John J. Jodrey Scholarship in Applied Science

Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year

The John J. Jodrey Scholarship in Applied Science is provided through the generosity of Dr. John J. Jodrey, Hon. DCL 1982, of Hantsport, Nova Scotia. The scholarship is to be awarded annually on the basis of academic merit to an entering student in applied science who has received their secondary education in one of the Atlantic provinces.

John MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

The John MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a Men’s Varsity Soccer player who is in their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia. Preference will be given to a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Kinesiology student athlete of high academic standing, who displays sportsmanship and strong leadership skills. The award will be chosen on the recommendation of the head coach of the Men’s Soccer team and Director of Varsity Athletics.

John MacIntyre (BSC, Acadia, 1997), as a member of the Varsity Men’s Soccer team was both an AUS All-Star and Academic All-Canadian award recipient. This endowed scholarship was established in 2005 by Mary, Gus and Janet MacIntyre in memory of their son and brother.

John R. Calhoun Memorial Bursary

Bursary

The John R. Calhoun Memorial Bursary. A sum of money to yield $30 annually was given to Acadia by Mrs. Sarah G. L. Calhoun of Saint John, New Brunswick, as a gift in memory of her husband, John R. Calhoun, who died in October 1898.

John S Stevens Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The John S Stevens Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to one student in the Bachelor of Applied Science or Certificate in Applied Science program and to one student in the Bachelor of Education degree program who aspires to a career in special education. Preference will be given to students from Nova Scotia. These scholar-bursaries are awarded to entering or in-course students on the basis of financial need and academic performance. These scholar-bursaries are made possible through an endowment from the late John S. Stevens (CAS Acadia 1945

John V. and Cora B. Cossaboom Scholarship

Scholarship

The John V. and Cora B. Cossaboom Scholarship was established by the late John and Cora Cossaboom who were born in Digby County, Nova Scotia. The scholarship of $950 is to be awarded annually to a needy student.

Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award

Award of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by family and friends in memory of Jonathan Andrews. To be awarded to a returning Acadia second year undergraduate science student in recognition of an exceptional connection with the greater community. Through the use of intellect, empathy, and humour, the recipient will have had significant positive impact on others. Awards will be made based on applications to be reviewed by committee.

Jordan Bursaries

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The Jordan Bursaries. Through the will of the late Mrs. Janet C. Jordan, the sum of $520 is available for assistance of needy women. One half is to be used to assist needy women in the Faculty of Arts and the other half to assist students in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Joyce Foundation Bursaries

Bursary of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island

The Joyce Foundation Bursaries, valued at $5,000 annually and renewable, providing a maximum of four years of support per recipient, will be directed in particular to Canadian students preferably from Atlantic Canada or Ontario with demonstrated financial need who have shown exceptionality through a combination of volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and character.

The Joyce Foundation was created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce. His philanthropy reflects a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community. The Foundation's primary focus is to provide access to education for children and youth with significant financial need or facing other socio-economic barriers to success. Born in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia in 1930, Mr. Joyce is best known as the legendary Canadian entrepreneur who, in 1964, invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario and then grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world.

Judith Jane Leidl Award in Visual Art

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Art

Established in 2014 in honour of Judith Jane Leidl’s contributions as an artist and a teacher, the award is presented to a student demonstrating excellence in visual arts as recommended by the Dean of Arts in consultation with the Acadia University Art Instructor(s).

Judson Egbert Hetherington Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

The Judson Egbert Hetherington Scholarship of $1880 ($470 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Mrs. Judson E. Hetherington of Sikeston, Missouri.

JW Johnstone Jr Scholarship in Professional Studies

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies

The J.W. Johnstone, Jr. Scholarship in the Faculty of Professional Studies  awarded annually to a superior student entering the senior/final year of an undergraduate degree program in that Faculty. The criteria for the award of the scholarship shall be broadly based academic excellence as demonstrated in the previous years marks and on the basis of an interview and a dossier which will be scrutinized by an examining committee. J.W. Johnstone, Jr. graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree as one of our four members of Acadia's first graduating class in June 1843. Following graduation, he studied law in Halifax and practiced there until 1876 when he became the first County Judge for District Number 1, Halifax County. He was the first President of the Associated Alumni of Acadia College.

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.