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.

L. A. DeWolfe University Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship

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

Lad Javorek Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Exchange

The Lad Javorek Memorial Award is provided annually to a student entering their third or subsequent year of study at Acadia that has been accepted to participate in a recognized International Exchange or Study Abroad program. Preference will be given to a student who has shown financial need and an interest in International Trade/Business.

A recipient will be selected in direct consultation with the Coordinator- International Education.

This award was established in 2012 through the generosity of the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Javorek family, to honour Lad Javorek, a good friend and business colleague who had a positive impact on John Bragg, particularly as it related to the development of International Trade/Business.

BY MARCH 1: Please submit a one page letter to international@acadiau.ca, indicating why you would like to study abroad and how this opportunity will advance your career goals especially in the area of International Trade and Business.

Lan Kwan Sum Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2015 by the Estate of Lan Kwan Sum, Class of 1976. To be granted on a renewable basis to female students in any full-time program who demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic performance. Preference to entering permanent residents of Hong Kong or landed immigrants to Canada from Hong Kong.

Lan Kwan Sum graduated from Acadia University with a MEd in Special Education in 1976. Originally from Hong Kong, she held a strong belief in the value of a good education. As a foreign student, Ms. Sum had developed a deep understanding about the financial and psychological hardships that some Hong Kong students experienced when they were pursuing their studies.

Laura Payzant-Doleman Music Award

Award | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

The Laura Payzant-Doleman Music Award is awarded annually to an entering student pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree who through his or her academic accomplishments and extra-curricular activities shows merit and promise in the field of music. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.

This Award was established and made available through the generosity of James and Ronald Doleman who wished to provide a gift in celebration of the life and legacy of their mother Laura Payzant-Doleman (BMus , Acadia, 1936). Laura was an accomplished musician and music teacher and in a career of 50 years mentored 1000 students through the Royal Conservatory of Music program.

Laurie and Marilyn Stevens Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Laurie and Marilyn Stevens Award is awarded annually to a student entering an undergraduate program at Acadia, with preference given to a resident of Nova Scotia. Laurie Stevens graduated from the Acadia School of Engineering in 1955 and conducted a successful business career in Nova Scotia. Marilyn Stevens graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and a Diploma in Secretarial Sciences.

Laurie B. Stevens Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Applied Science, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Laurie B. Stevens Memorial Award is awarded annually to an entering or returning student in the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science, or Certificate of Applied Science program at Acadia. Laurie Stevens graduated from the Acadia School of Engineering in 1955 and conducted a successful business career in Nova Scotia.

Leander Rupert Morse and Ellen Mary Fitch Morse Scholarship

Scholarship

The Leander Rupert Morse and Ellen Mary Fitch Morse Scholarship provides $320 to assist a student from the Lawrencetown High School. Failing a worthy applicant, the scholarship may be awarded to another Nova Scotia student.

Leslie Eaton Memorial Cup

Trophy | Eligibility: Athletics

The Leslie Eaton Memorial Cup presented annually to the winner of the interclass quarter mile race is the gift of Mrs. Leslie E. Eaton in memory of her husband (Acadia '03).

Lester and Evangeline Giffin Bursary

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

The Lester and Evangeline Giffin Bursary is awarded annually, on the basis of financial need, to an entering or returning student, with preference given to students graduating from Middleton Regional High School in Nova Scotia who show a strong desire to attend university and demonstrate qualities of sound character and academic ability. This bursary has been funded by Audrey E. Bateman (BA Acadia, 1950, BED Acadia, 1951) Ronald S. Giffin (CAS Acadia, 1954), Frederick S. Giffin (BSC Acadia, 1963) and Wilfred L. Giffin (CAS Acadia, 1948) in honour of their parent’s Lester D. Giffin and Evangeline W. Giffin whose love and encouragement enabled members of the Giffin family to pursue a university education.

Liam Blanchard Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Liam Blanchard Memorial Award was established in 2013 by friends of Liam Blanchard. To be awarded to a returning Acadia female rugby player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and general love of life. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity women's rugby team and the Director of Athletics.

Libby Burnham Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science

The Libby Burnham Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to students in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to well-rounded students entering their first year of studies.

The bursary has been established by Libby Burnham, who graduated from Acadia University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She went on to receive her law degree at Dalhousie University and also received an honorary degree in 2000 from Acadia University.

Lillian I. Wambolt Bursary

Bursary

The Lillian I. Wambolt Bursary, established through the will of Lillian I. Wambolt, will provide financial assistance to needy and deserving students at the sole discretion of the President and/or Vice President (Academic) of Acadia.

Lily and Margaret Lynds Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Lily and Margaret Lynds Scholarship of $1880 ($470 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Misses Lillian and Margaret Lynds of Moncton, New Brunswick.

Lina Mae Silver Scholarship (Mathematics)

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Lina Mae Silver Scholarship (Mathematics) was provided through the Estate of the late Ms Silver (B.A. Acadia '56) who was a noted teacher of mathematics in several Nova Scotia public schools and a supporter of the arts and theatre. The scholarship(s) is/are awarded to mathematics majors on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.

Livingstone-Murray Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science

The Livingstone-Murray Scholar-bursary is awarded annually on recommendation of the Faculty of Science to an entering or returning student on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students majoring in Biology. This award has been established by Dr. Katherine L. Bick (BSCH Acadia 1951, MSC Acadia 1952, PHD Brown University & DSC Acadia 1990).

Lloyd Caldwell Memorial Scholarship

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

The Lloyd Caldwell Memorial Scholarship shall be awarded to a student in the second or subsequent years of study in the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (with preference to the former) who has demonstrated academic excellence and has contributed to the University and/or the community through public service. Preference shall be given to students normally domiciled in Nova Scotia. The scholarship is named in memory of Dr. Allan Lloyd Caldwell, Q.C., (1924-2002), Chairman of the Acadia Board of Governors, 1978-1990.

Lloyd E. Shaw Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year

The Lloyd E. Shaw Scholarship of $450 ($150 a year for up to three years) provided by the late L. E. Shaw, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is to be awarded to a student entering the field of applied science (engineering) with a high academic standing.

Lois (Duncan) Kauffman Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: International student

The Lois (Duncan) Kauffman Memorial Scholar-Bursary will be awarded annually to entering or returning students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who are US citizens.

This award was established in 2009 by Dr. Daniel J. Kauffman in memory of the late Lois (Duncan) Kauffman (BA Acadia, 1973).

Lois Duffy Award

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Lois Duffy Award was provided by friends and colleagues to honour Lois G. Duffy, CPS (BA Secretarial 1948) on her retirement from Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. The award is made annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a promising and deserving third or fourth year vocal student with an aptitude for oratorio and church music. An alternate acceptable candidate would be a music student with an interest in choral conducting.

Louise Morse Warne Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts

The Louise Morse Warne Scholarship is awarded on recommendation of the Faculty of Arts to returning undergraduate and/or Master’s students who have graduated from a Nova Scotia high school. The awards, which may be renewed, will be made to students who have demonstrated superior ability and good qualities of leadership and character. Preference may be given to students majoring in English.

The scholarship was established in 2006 through the kindness and generosity of the estate of Louise Morse Warne. Louise Warne (B.A. Acadia 1924), of Digby, passed away on February 3, 2004, at the age of 100. She was born in West Paradise on February 24, 1903 and was the only daughter of the late Major J. Eugene and Edith Morse.

Lucy V. (Gates) Shelzi Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Lucy V. (Gates) Shelzi Entrance Scholarships are annually awarded to students with high academic standing and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The scholarships are named in memory of Lucy V. (Gates) Shelzi, a distinguished graduate of the Class of 1926, teacher, librarian and humanitarian. Preference will be given to a student resident in Yarmouth County.

Lyle Davis Community Engagement Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Lyle Davis Community Engagement Award is awarded annually to returning undergraduate students in the Community Development program to fund a project that supports curricular community engagement initiatives. Preference will be given to students having demonstrated a prior commitment to community engagement, by making use of skills and knowledge acquired through the program to provide meaningful service to a community initiative. Preference will be given to a project with an outdoor/recreation/active living theme and must have financial need

This award was established in memory of Lyle Davis (BSC, MR Acadia, 1976, 1983) in September of 2007 by faculty, staff and friends of Acadia’s Recreation Management Program. Lyle worked as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Acadia and later as the Coordinator of Research and Development Services at the Recreation Resource Centre of Nova Scotia based at Acadia. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and musician, and he pursued many other hobbies until his untimely death in a climbing accident at Lake Louise in 1991.

Lyman Baxter Harvey Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $3,500 | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

Established in 2017 through the estate gift of Dr. Lyman Harvey, this scholar-bursary is awarded to an entering or returning student from the Municipality of the District of West Hants, Nova Scotia in recognition of academic excellence and financial need.

Dr. Lyman Baxter Harvey grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, a descendant of Planters from Hants County, Nova Scotia. He earned a BSc in Biology from Acadia in 1938 where he studied pipe organ, then completed a MDCM at McGill in 1942. After serving in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps in Canada, he studied ophthalmology at Northwestern University (Chicago). He practiced and taught medicine in Illinois and served as a medical missionary in India. From his retirement in 1979 until his death in 2009, Dr. Harvey lived in Hants County.

Lynn Barkhouse Music Education Award

Award of up to $115 | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 3rd year

The Lynn Barkhouse Music Education Award. An award given annually by the Acadia Music Club to one student ($115) or two students ($57.50 each) registered in the third year of the Bachelor of Music Education degree program. The award will be granted on the basis of above-average scholastic achievement, financial need, and interest in teaching music.

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.