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.

Mabel A. (Wile) Ogilvie Scholar Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The Mabel A. (Wile) Ogilvie Scholar Bursary is established by family and friends in the memory of Mabel (Wile) Ogilvie who graduated from Windsor Academy and the Nova Scotia Teachers College. It is to be awarded to a first year student from Hants County who may be proceeding to university study directly from high school or entering after up to five years. The recipient’s academic achievement level must be that of an entrance scholarship recipient.

MacDonald Chisholm Scholarship in Business

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year

The MacDonald Chisholm Scholarship in Business is provided by MacDonald Chisholm Incorporated and awarded annually to the student who has the highest academic standing in year one who proceeds to year two.

MacKay Memorial Scholarships in Computer Science, Chemistry and Physics

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

These scholarships were endowed in 1989 by Mr. Donald MacKay (Acadia 1929) and Mrs. Rose (Chamber) Mackay (Acadia 1930) in memory of their son Donald Gordon MacKay, who was born in Arvida, Quebec in 1940 and died in 1965 while working as a mechanical engineer on petroleum exploration in Libya. The income from the endowment shall be used to provide scholarships for Canadian undergraduate students, entering their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia, who have achieved high academic standing, who are following a broadly-based program, and who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and personal integrity. Each year a recommendation will be made by the Director of the School of Computer Science, and the Heads of the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. If no award is made, the income shall be added to the capital endowment.

MacLean Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The MacLean Awards are awarded, on a renewable basis, to all-around academic students from Canada who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in athletic activities. The awards are made, on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics, to students on the University's varsity football team. The awards may be held for a maximum of five years. This gifted award was established by Donald MacLean CAS 57' and Patricia MacLean in 2005.

MacNeill Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year

The MacNeill Scholar-Bursary will be offered in the amount of $4000 to a student entering full-time study at Acadia, in any discipline, who has and maintains an average of 80%. The scholar-bursary will be renewable for four years, or until the student graduates, whichever comes first.

The scholar-bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of alumni H. Gordon MacNeill, BA’48 DCL’87 DD (Knox College) and Barbara MacLellan MacNeill BA’50

MacNeily Family Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts

The MacNeily Family Bursary will be awarded annually to an entering or returning student to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts. Preference will be given to all round students involved with school life. This bursary was established in May 2009 by Ian MacNeily (BA Acadia, 1981) in memory of Murray MacNeily (BSc, Acadia 1954) and Jack MacNeily (BSc, Acadia, 1949; BEd, Acadia 1951)

MacVicar Athletic Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2016 by Mary Whitney MacVicar (’90) and Allan MacVicar (’92), the award is granted annually in recognition of financial need. The recipient is a male student actively involved in athletic pursuits (varsity, club or external) while attending Acadia. Bursary applicants must convey in writing how this bursary will support their academic and athletic endeavours.

Magill Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Politics, Sociology

The Magill Scholarship. Established in 2012 by Dennis Magill (Class of 1961). To be awarded to two full-time students(s) entering their final year of study in Sociology or Political Science, who have demonstrated excellent academic performance. Preference for students demonstrating financial need.

Manford Wendell McCutcheon Bursary

Bursary

The Manford Wendell McCutcheon Bursary provides $660, being the annual interest yielded from an endowment given by two brothers and a sister of the late Manford Wendell McCutcheon (Acadia, 1914 '16). Preference is to be given to a graduate of the Saint John High School (New Brunswick) enrolling for a course in Science. Reversion, if necessary, would be to a student from New Brunswick at large.

Margaret and Mary Millard Memorial Prize

Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The Margaret and Mary Millard Memorial Prize. A fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Millard of Liverpool in memory of their daughters Margaret and Mary. The sum of $15 is awarded as a prize to the student in nutrition making the highest standing in theoretical and practical work.

Margaret Ann MacKeen MacKechnie Scholarship in Painting

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

An annual scholarship is awarded to a student registered in a painting course in the Art Department who has demonstrated artistic abilities and is recommended by the Head of that Department. This scholarship is provided by Mrs. E.L. MacLeod in honour of Mrs. MacKechnie, a graduate of the Acadia Ladies Seminary (1896).

Margaret L. Ford Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $525 | Eligibility: Arts, English, French, German, History, Politics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Margaret L. Ford Scholarships in English (4), History (4), Political Science (4), French (4) and German (4) were endowed by the late Ms. Ford (B.A. Acadia, 1922; M.A. Toronto, 1930) who was born in Wolfville and was a distinguished teacher in schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ontario. They are awarded annually to the top students in years one, two, three and four in English, history, political science, French and German.

Margaret McCarthy Research Scholarship in Environmental Biology

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

Two scholarships awarded on the recommendation of the Biology Department to a third year Honours Biology student (planning on entering the fourth year) or a Graduate Student. Students should be working on a research topic related to Environmental Biology and leading to an Honours degree or Masters degree. The scholarships are intended to fund research undertaken during the summer months (May 1 to September 1). Applications, with a description of the proposed research topic should be submitted to the Head of the Biology Department by March 15th of each year.

Margaret S. Sterling Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Margaret S. Sterling Scholarship of $960 ($320 a year for up to three years) was endowed by the late Miss A. Clyde Sterling of Kentville, Nova Scotia.

Marguerita Joy Cutten Scholarship

Scholarship

The Marguerita Joy Cutten Scholarship. Originally endowed by the late President Emeritus of Acadia and Colgate Universities, George Barton Cutten, and the late Mrs. Cutten, and subsequently enhanced by the Classes of 1920, 1921 and 1922, an endowed scholarship with an annual value of $2200 has been established in memory of Marguerita Joy Cutten (1902 1926), a graduate of the Class of 1922. At the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, two scholarships of equal value may be awarded.

Marianne Cochrane Lockwood Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Marianne Cochrane Lockwood Scholarship. A scholarship with an annual value of $80 provided through a legacy of the late Mrs. Bethia E. (Locke) Lockwood of Lockeport, Nova Scotia, is to be awarded annually to the student in nutrition who has completed the second year with highest standing and who continues the work during the third year. The scholarship will be credited on the fees of the third year.

Marion McColl Prize in Nutrition

Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Marion McColl Prize in Nutrition. A fund was donated by graduates in home economics and members of the Home Economics Club in memory of the late Marion McColl (Acadia, '32). It yields $60 as a prize to be awarded to a second or third year student in nutrition on conditions determined by the faculty in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Marjorie Manning Fountain Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Marjorie Manning Fountain Scholar-Bursary to be awarded annually for study in The Fred C. Manning School of Business Administration to a student who has been a resident of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada for a period of ten years or more. The award could be made for study in any year and could be renewed at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

Marjorie Mitchell Cann Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary

The Marjorie Mitchell Cann Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually on the basis of financial need and academic performance to a female student entering her senior year. The scholar-bursary is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Marjorie Mitchell Cann (Acadia 1940, BSc Math) of Pensacola, Florida.

Martha Hall Vanderpoel Mills Memorial Scholarships

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

The Martha Hall Vanderpoel Mills Memorial Scholarships were established in 1989 through the Estate of Katherine V. Mills in memory of her mother. The scholarships are available to residents of Annapolis County studying in the Faculty of Science with preference given to students majoring in physics, geology, chemistry or mathematics.

Mary Alice Reid Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Mary Alice Reid Entrance Scholarships. Two at $710 are awarded every third or fourth year or as otherwise available. The funds are made available through a bequest from Miss Mary Alice Reid (Seminary, 1909) of Montreal, Quebec.

Mary and Walter McCowan Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics

The Mary and Walter McCowan Scholar-Bursary. Established in 2008 by Mary (’39) and WalterMcCowan, in memory of Mary’s parents, Freda and Hubert Nickerson. The scholar-bursary is intended for students entering or returning to the Faculty of Science at Acadia University, with a preference given to students majoring in Mathematics and Statistics.

Mary Carolyn Gower Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The Mary Carolyn Gower Memorial Award is available annually to a deserving student of the nutrition program on recommendation of its director. The endowment was provided from the estate of Harriet Agnes (Allen) Gower, 1898­1988, whose husband Charles Ronald Gower, and daughter Mary Carolyn Gower, graduated from Acadia in 1929 and 1960 respectively.

Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship

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

The Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to an entering or continuing student, majoring in that department, who has demonstrated excellence and potential to excel in the discipline. Funds may be awarded during the spring and summer to students engaged in research activities. The scholarship was established through the generosity of former students, faculty and friends of the Department to promote and reward excellence in Mathematics and Statistics.

Matthew Kennedy ('06) Memorial Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, History

Established in 2016 by family and friends of Matthew Kennedy, this bursary is awarded to a student in any year who is majoring in history and has financial need.

Matthew and his wife Lindsay (Connolly) graduated from Acadia in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and moved to Calgary where he worked as a Private Banker for TD Bank. Matt enjoyed hockey and softball, fishing and outdoor life at his cottage, and most of all his wife and daughter Ella.

Matthew Kohlenberg Memorial Award in Philosophy

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Philosophy

The Matthew Kohlenberg Memorial Award in Philosophy. Established in memory of Matthew Kohlenberg in 2013 by his family and friends, on the recommendation of the Department of Philosophy, the award will be given to a returning full-time Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Philosophy who demonstrates (1) a passion for learning evidenced by academic excellence together with active and inclusive participation in the learning process; and (2) either (i) well-rounded engagement and camaraderie within the university community or (ii) financial need. As an Honours Philosophy student at Acadia, Matthew searched for truth and meaning. He had passion and purpose. Matthew was always smiling and enjoyed engaging with people. He was genuine, compassionate, creative, articulate and had a sharp mind.

Maurice Haycock Scholarship in Geology

Scholarship of up to $835 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Maurice Haycock Scholarship in Geology. Established in 1986 by Dr. Maurice Haycock and Mrs. Katharine Blackadar Haycock of Ottawa, Ontario. This scholarship is named in honour of Dr. Maurice Haycock (B.Sc. Acadia, 1926; Ph.D. Princeton), geologist, artist, musician and author. The award is to a student of high academic standing entering the second or subsequent year of a program leading to a degree in geology at Acadia.

Maynard F. Schurman Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Prince Edward Island

The Maynard F. Schurman Scholarship of $470 a year for up to four years endowed by Mrs. Maynard F. Schurman of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, is to be awarded to a qualified entrant.

McGillivray Athletic Award

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics

Established in 2015 by Tracey McGillivray. To be awarded to a returning female varsity athlete in applied sciences, engineering or mathematics. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum 80% average, and present strong leadership qualities in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coaches of the female varsity athletic programs.

Merle Fowler Bancroft Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $850 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Merle Fowler Bancroft Memorial Scholarship in the area of field research in Geology is provided by the late Marjorie K. (Haley) Bancroft (Acadia Ladies Seminary, 1914), as a memorial to her late husband. Prof. Bancroft (B.A. Acadia, 1911; B.A. Yale, 1913) was a geologist, teacher and author, and was Professor and Head of Geology at Acadia from 1923 to 1960.

Michael Evans Bursary for Albertans

Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics

The Michael Evans Bursary for Albertans is awarded annually to an Acadia University student who is a resident of the Province of Alberta and exhibits financial need. Preference will be given to a student who is involved in athletics, with preference to a rugby player.

The bursary was established by the Evans family in 2008.

Mildred Schurman Memorial Scholarship

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

The Mildred Schurman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second or subsequent year student in the B.A. program with a major or honours in French and who intends to enter the B.Ed. program. The scholarships are provided through the Estate of Mildred Carolyn Schurman (B.A. Acadia, 1916; M.A., 1919) who dedicated her life to the teaching profession.

Minnie A. Poole Scholarship

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

The Minnie A. Poole Scholarship was established through the Estate of Mrs. Minnie A. (Poole) Scott (Diploma Acadia Ladies' Seminary, 1924) to provide support for one or more student(s) of solo piano forte in the Bachelor of Music program on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.

Minnie Brown Cutten Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship

The Minnie Brown Cutten Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Claire Cutten Manwell (Acadia 1925) and Mrs. Muriel Cutten Hoitsma (Acadia 1924) in memory of their mother (Acadia 1896) who was the wife of Dr. George B. Cutten, President of Acadia, 1910 1922. The fund provides five in course scholarships of approximately $980 for superior students who are Deans' Scholars and who do not already hold a major award.

Moira Grace Crawford Scholar-Bursary in Music

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

Established in 2016 by Claire (’89) and Kirk VanBlarcom (’85) in loving memory of Claire’s mother, Moira Grace Crawford (1942-2016), this award is granted to an entering student in the School of Music in recognition of both academic excellence and financial need.

A graduate of Mount Royal College and Acadia University (1982), Moira was born in Roslyn, Scotland. She taught piano, organ and voice for over 40 years and was assistant organist at Acadia’s Manning Memorial Chapel. The founder of the Lighthouse Community Choir, Moira was also organist at St. Andrew’s United Church in Wolfville.

Claire VanBlarcom, CFP, FMA, RRC, CIM earned her BA in Sociology at Acadia in 1989. Kirk VanBlarcom, CPA, CA, CFP earned his BCS degree at Acadia in 1985 and, in 1991 earned his Chartered Accountant designation. They enjoy living and serving their clients in Aurora, Ontario.

Value: $1,500

Molson Post Secondary Excellence Scholarship

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

The Molson Post Secondary Excellence Scholarship is endowed by the Molson Companies to assist the student with the highest academic standing, who, upon entrance to Acadia, will major in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. The Molson group of companies participate in and contribute in significant ways to the food and beverage industry in Canada and abroad.

Morse Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Morse Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship of $760 was established by the late Hazel Gordon Morse (B.A. Acadia, 1920) to be awarded annually to the student who attains the highest standing in economics, political science or sociology, who is majoring in one of these subject areas, and who is completing their third or fourth year of study.

Morton Memorial Scholarship in Music

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

The Morton Memorial Scholarship in Music was established by Dr. Harry S. Morton in memory of his mother, Maie Stafford Morton. It is available as an entrance or in-course scholarship to an outstanding student on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.

Mr. & Mrs. Parmenas Orr Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The Mr. & Mrs. Parmenas Orr Memorial Scholarship ($475) is awarded annually to a superior student in the nutrition degree in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics on recommendation of the Director.

The scholarship was established by the late Ms. E. Jeanette Orr of Kensington, P.E.I., a nutritionist and long time staff member of Acadia in the food services and quantity foods areas. She was a graduate of Prince of Wales College, MacDonald College of McGill University and Columbia University.

Murdock C. Smith Scholarship in Marine Biology

Scholarship of up to $660 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

A scholarship endowed by the late Murdock C. Smith of Lynn, Massachusetts, to enable one or two students in biology to spend a summer session in the study of marine biology at an institution approved by the Department. Students whose work is satisfactory will receive credit towards their Acadia graduate degree. If there is no eligible fourth-year student, the Department of Biology may recommend a student of the third year.

Muriel Wallace Music Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Music

The Muriel Wallace Music Bursary is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to an entering or returning student in the Bachelor of Music degree program who shows promise in pipe organ, piano and/or voice. The bursary is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Muriel L. Wallace (Acadia '37, '38) of Fredericton, NB and is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.

Murray G Ross Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Murray G Ross Entrance Scholarship is provided annually to a student entering Acadia University who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship is provided through the generosity of Dr Murray G Ross (BA ’36, Hon DCL ’60) of Toronto, Ontario.

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.