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.

Neil Fisher Entrance Award

Award | Eligibility: Arts, English, History, Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Neil Fisher Entrance Award is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia University, planning to major in English or History, and who has been involved with extracurricular activities. Preference will be given to a student from Colchester County or Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Fisher Family, to honour Mr. Neil Fisher (BA Acadia 1954; BED Acadia 1955) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School. Neil was a proud Acadia Axeman Basketball Player.

New Brunswick Bursaries

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Bursaries of $1,000 each are available to students from Charlotte County, New Brunswick, in each of years one, two, three, and four on the basis of financial need. In the event that there are no candidates from Charlotte County, the bursaries may be made to students from Carleton County, then York County, and then any New Brunswick County. These awards are privately gifted to the university.

Ng Scholar-Bursary in Computer Science

Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science

Established in 2015 by Shih Fang Dino Ng, Class of 2001. To be awarded to a full-time returning Computer Science student in recognition of academic achievement and financial need.

Noel Tibbo Family Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Noel Tibbo Family Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student who plans to study in the field of Science. The recipient will be a well rounded individual with involvement in community, sports and/or music who demonstrates academic merit, personal qualities that contribute to the overall benefit of fellow students, and shows promise of achievement.

The scholarship was originally established in 2003 in memory of S. Noel Tibbo by the Tibbo family, and was endowed in 2005 as a family legacy.

Norman and Jane McIntyre Bursaries

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Norman and Jane McIntyre Bursaries are awarded annually to two students entering Acadia from Atlantic Canada, with preference given to Richmond County, Nova Scotia and Charlotte Country, New Brunswick. Recipients should be well rounded individuals with a variety of interests and demonstrated financial need.

The bursaries were established in 2003 by Norman and Jane McIntyre (Acadia 1960) in memory of Alice Hawkins Golding (DHE, Acadia, 1933).

Norman K. Atkins Memorial Award

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

Provided annually to a third or fourth year full-time student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. This individual will have demonstrated leadership and involvement in one or more extra-curricular activities, such as student government, varsity athletics and community volunteerism while maintaining solid academic performance. The recipient will be chosen on recommendation by the Scholarship and Awards Committee of the Fred C. Manning School of Business. This award has been established by family, friends and colleagues in memory of former Senator Norman K. Atkins (BA, 1957, DCL, 2000, Acadia) to recognize his many contributions to Acadia University as a student, varsity athlete, and loyal alumnus. He was a leading advertising executive, political strategist, charitable activist and avid sportsman who was appointed to the Senate in 1986 and served until his retirement in 2009.

Norman McLeod Rogers Memorial Overseas Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Current 4th year

The Norman McLeod Rogers Memorial Overseas Scholarship. A scholarship of approximately $6000, provided by the Class of 1927 in memory of the Honourable Norman McLeod Rogers, is awarded every third year to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, who will be a graduate of the Faculty of Arts of Acadia University, to support a year of study in the United Kingdom or Western Europe. Application is to be made to the Director of Student Assistance during the final year of study in the Bachelor of Arts program and must be supported by the Head of the student’s major department. Norman McLeod Rogers was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1894 and was Acadia's fifth Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University (1919 1922). He received the B.A. degree from Acadia in 1919 and the B.A., B. Litt., B.C.L., and Diploma in Economics and Political Science from Oxford. He served as Mark Curry Professor of History at Acadia (1922 1927), as private secretary to Prime Minister MacKenzie King (1927 1929), and as professor of political science at Queen's University (1927 1935). He was elected to the House of Commons in 1935 and served as Minister of Labour from 1935 to 1939 and as Minister of National Defense from 1939 until his accidental death in 1940.

Norman Moore Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $600 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year

The Norman Moore Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student in business administration on nomination of the Director of the School to the scholarship committee. The student must have outstanding leadership qualities and high academic ability and be in the penultimate year of the degree program. This award has been established by the Board of Governors in memory of Norman Moore who served the University most ably as Vice-President for Development for more than a decade.

Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival Association Scholarships in Music

Scholarship of up to $200 | Eligibility: Arts, Music

The Nova Scotia Kiwanis Music Festival Association Scholarships in Music (two valued at $100 or one valued at $200) are provided by Acadia University and are awarded on recommendation of the Kiwanis Music Festival Association based on performance in the annual festival.

Nova Scotia Power Inc. University Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Nova Scotia Power Inc. University Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic excellence, personality, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Recipients must be Canadian citizens (or permanent residents) and be resident in Nova Scotia for at least three years, two of which are immediately prior to graduation. The scholarship may be renewed for three or four years depending upon the duration of the undergraduate program.

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.