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.

Sandra Irving Acadia University/Victoria College Student Exchange

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts

This student exchange has been sponsored through the generosity of Arthur and Sandra Irving of St. John, New Brunswick. This program supports a limited number of exceptional undergraduate students (who will be in their third year during the year of the exchange) from both institutions who wish to pursue the studies at the partner institution for up to oneacademic year. While technically open to all undergraduate students, the focus of the exchange is to provide opportunities to students pursuing programs that have unique strengths at both universities. Acadia students who are approved by the process outlined below are eligible to receive up to $5,000 in financial support from a fund established by the Irving family that is intended to defray some of the cost differentials associated with participating in the program.

Sandra Pineo Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science

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

The Sandra Pineo Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science is annually awarded to a superior student who is a resident in the Annapolis Valley and is in the second or subsequent year of a Bachelor of Computer Science program. Ms. Pineo (B.Sc. Acadia, 1980) was employed at Acadia from 1984-­86 and subsequently by SHL Systemhouse Inc. The scholarship is available through the generosity of SHL Systemhouse Inc., family, friends, colleagues and alumni.

Sarah Hastings Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year, Ontario

Established in 2016 by campus friends of Sarah Hastings, this award is granted on a renewable basis to an entering full-time student from Ontario in recognition of academic excellence. The recipient is preferably from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener and shares Sarah’s personal attributes.

Sarah Hastings was an incredible athlete and avid canoe tripper whose passion for life, determination and dedication inspired her friends and teammates of ringette and field hockey. She attended Acadia in 2014-2015 as a business student and lived in Chipman House and is remembered for her positive, outgoing personality.

Sarah J. Manning Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Nutrition

The Sarah J. Manning Bursary is a continuing bursary of $155 annually endowed by students of Acadia Ladies Seminary in memory of the late Sarah J. Manning. The recipient must have been registered in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics for at least one year, must have exercised a good influence, must be an industrious student, and must be in need of financial assistance.

Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited Scholarship for Excellence

Scholarship

Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited Scholarship for Excellence is provided annually to an entering or returning student who demonstrates financial need, academic achievement and leadership. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited, one of Canada's leading pension and mutual fund managers. Sceptre has been an important partner of Acadia University for a number of years and the creation of this scholarship demonstrates its genuine commitment to community support.

School of Music Memorial Bursary

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

The School of Music Memorial Bursary is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a needy student in the Bachelor of Music degree program. The bursary is made possible through the gifts received in memory of Fontaine Chan, a senior music student who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1993, from funds received from the Estate of Eleanor Mary Sears in honour of her mother, Isabella Bill Sears (Seminary 1893), the estate of Mrs. Harriett E. Isnor and the estate of McGrigor Allan Miller in memory of his wife Vera L. (Knock) Miller.

School of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition

The School of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship is available annually to deserving students in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program on recommendation of the Director of the School. The Scholarship was established in 2009.

School of Secretarial Science 50th Anniversary Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The School of Secretarial Science 50th Anniversary Scholarship ($1140) was previously awarded to the highest ranking entering student in Secretarial Administration. In 1991 the scholarship was given to the School of Business Administration to be awarded to the highest ranking entering female student each year. It was established by faculty and alumni of the secretarial program on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the School of Secretarial Science.

Scotiabank Studentships

Scholarship of up to $8,750 | Eligibility: Entering first year

Established in honour of Acadia's 175th Anniversary, the Scotiabank Studentships are awarded on a renewable basis to five entering full-time undergraduate students in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, athletic and/or artistic activities, the recipients also persevere through adversity. The studentships are available to both domestic and international students and are each valued at $8,750 annually for four years.

Scott McChesney Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Scott McChesney Award. Established in 2013 by Drew Coles ’92 in honour of his friend, the late Scott McChesney ’94. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity hockey player who demonstrates outstanding commitment to achievement and teamwork. Preference for a student‐athlete from Ontario, and secondary preference for a student who is majoring in Economics.

Seamone Family Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science

The SEAMONE FAMILY BURSARY is awarded annually to a returning student in the Certificate or Bachelor of Applied Science programs at Acadia. Preference will be given to a student from Nova Scotia, who along with financial need and solid academic standing, has demonstrated an applied approach to problem solving and interacts well with fellow students and faculty. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the Ivan Curry School of Engineering.

The bursary was established in 2011 and was made possible through the generosity of Douglas A Seamone (CAS, Acadia, 1955) of Kentville, Nova Scotia. Mr. Seamone served on the faculty of the School of Engineering from 1962 to 1998 and family members have attended Acadia since the 1940’s.

Sgt. Philip Sydney Beals Memorial Prize

Prize of up to $70 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Sgt. Philip Sydney Beals Memorial Prize. A prize of $70 was contributed by the family of the late Sgt. Philip S. Beals of the 85th Bn. C.E.F. It will be awarded annually in April by the Department of English to the student having submitted the best piece of poetry.

Sharon Roscoe Scholarship in Chemistry

Scholarship of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering first year

Established in 2017 by Dr. John Roscoe, Class of 1965, in memory of his wife, Dr. Sharon Roscoe, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Acadia University. To be awarded to an entering full-time student majoring in Chemistry who has shown outstanding academic promise at high school level.

Sheila (Nickerson) Galloway Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The Sheila (Nickerson) Galloway Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to all-around students from the counties of Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in athletic activities. The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Dr. Bruce C. Galloway, BCO 68'and DCL 03'.

Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Scholarships

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

The Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Scholarships are awarded annually to students registered in the Bachelor of Business Administration program who have been residents of the Atlantic provinces for a minimum of ten years. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic performance with a preference for students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarships may be renewed at the discretion of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee. These scholarships are made possible though a gift from Sheldon (BA, Acadia, ‘39, DCL, Acadia, ‘99) and Marjorie Fountain (DCT, Acadia ‘99) of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Shelley Brownell Memorial Music Award

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

The Shelley Brownell Memorial Music Award is provided annually to a student who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education. Preference will be given to an individual who demonstrates financial need. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music. The award was established by family, classmates and friends of Shelley Brownell who graduated from Acadia posthumously in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music degree.

Shelley Fleckenstein Athletic Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2014 by Shelley Fleckenstein. To be awarded to a returning female varsity athlete majoring in science, with an interest in a healthcare career. 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 female varsity athletic programs.

Shirley Blois Scholarship in Early Music

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

The Shirley Blois Scholarship in Early Music was endowed by Shirley Blois Lindsay (L.Mus.,B.Mus.Acadia (’34-’38)) and her husband, James. After graduating from Acadia, Mrs. Lindsay was awarded a fellowship at the Juilliard Graduate School and later became the Director of the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City. The award is made each year to a student of high standing studying in the Early Music Program and majoring in harpsicord or fortepiano. The income from the endowment may also be used, at the discretion of the Director of the School of Music, in support of the student String Quartet program or to purchase library resources in support of the Early Music Program. The scholarship may be awarded to an entering or continuing student and may be renewed to the current recipient at the discretion of the School of Music.

Singapore Alumni Class of 1987 Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000

Established in 2017 by the Singapore Alumni Class of 1987 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their graduation. To be awarded to domestic students entering their third year of study, in recognition of academic achievement and financial need. Two awards annually, one in Business and one in Computer Science.

Society of Chemical Industry Merit Award

Award

The Society of Chemical Industry has established merit awards consisting of a plaque bearing the likeness of the insignia of the Society, the winner’s name, and the year. The awards are made at approved universities in Canada in courses qualified by the Chemical Institute of Canada in one of the fields of chemistry either alone or combined with another major course, such as physics, mathematics, biology, physiology, etc., also in chemical engineering or its equivalent, and in biochemistry. The student must have the highest standing in the final year of the program, a minimum average of 75% and have completed the course in the normal number of years.

South Sudan Student Bursary

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

The South Sudan Student Bursary will be awarded annually to students from the South Sudan region of Africa, who have demonstrated superior ability and good qualities of leadership & character, who are entering or returning to a degree program in the School of Business at Acadia University. Preference will be given to the “lost boys of Sudan.” Selection will be made on the basis of financial need. Each student applicant will be required to complete an application and provide a resume outlining his or her extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and community involvement.The bursary was established in 2007.

Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $44,000 | Eligibility: Applied Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition, Physics, Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The fund was established with the UNIVERSITY to create the SPICER-HENNESSEY SCHOLAR-BURSARY. The intent is to provide the maximum number of awards from the disbursement available each year. The SPICER-HENNESSEY SCHOLAR-BURSARY fund is endowed and used to provide for (a) renewable award(s) according to the following guidelines:

• On the recommendation of the University’s Scholar-Bursary committee, awarded to (a) student(s) entering first year studies in an undergraduate program in either the Manning School of Business or in specified disciplines within the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (i.e., Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physics).

• Recipients must be born in Nova Scotia.

• Demonstrated financial need will be an underpinning component for selection. The University’s means test will be used to determine need.

• Recipients must be graduates of a Nova Scotia High School with honors; and/or at least an average of 85% or higher.

• Preference will be given to graduates of South Colchester Academy in Brookfield or Hants North Rural High School in Kennetcook. If (a) recipient(s) cannot be identified in either of these schools, the University will look to other Nova Scotia high schools for students meeting the Scholar-Bursary criteria.

The scholar-bursary has been established by Fred G. Spicer ( BSC Acadia 1973, MSC Acadia 1975) and Bertha L. Spicer (Hennessey) (BSH Acadia 1973) in tribute of Fred D. (1936 Acadia BSC) and Helen E. Spicer; Basil R. and Flora Hennessey; and Anne Baggs (Spicer) (1968 Acadia BSH).

Stanley Ellis MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year

The Stanley Ellis MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Sarah Isabel MacWalker MacKenzie (Acadia '40) and his children. It is awarded on recommendation of the Faculty of the School of Education to a superior student entering year two of the Bachelor of Education program. Mr. MacKenzie (B.A., M.A., Acadia, '37, '40; Prof. dipl., Educ. Adm., T.C. Columbia U. '48) was Governor General's medallist in 1937 and did postgraduate work at Yale and Columbia. He dedicated his life to teaching and educational administration.

Statistical Society of Canada Scholarship

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

The Statistical Society of Canada Scholarship was established on the occasion of the Society's meeting at Acadia in 1993. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to a third or fourth year major who intends to pursue studies in statistics.

Sterling University Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship

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

Steve Pound Basketball Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year

The Steve Pound Basketball Award is awarded annually to a student entering a degree program at Acadia University. Based on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics and the Varsity Basketball Coaches, the award will be given to a student who intends to be a member of an Acadia varsity basketball team.

This endowed award was established in 2006 by Mrs. Jean (BA Acadia 1939) & Dr. Jim (BSC, DSC Acadia 1937, 1962) Beveridge in honour of Dr. Steve Pound (BSc, BEd Acadia 1972, 1975; MSC Dalhousie 1977; PHD Université Laval 1994). Dr. Pound starred as a basketball Axeman for four seasons and received many individual honours during this time. He was also an outstanding performer on the 1970-71 Canadian Intercollegiate championship team. In 1997 he was inducted into Acadia University’s Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Pound returned to Acadia in 1986 and served as Executive Director of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University for more than a decade. Dr. Pound is a life-long supporter of Acadia University.

Stevenson Family Award

Award of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 4th year

The Stevenson Family Award. Established in 2008 by Andrew Stevenson (BBA 1981) in honour of the Stevenson Family. To be awarded annually to a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program on recommendation of the Director of the School of Business with consultation from Faculty in the School. The recipient will have demonstrated entrepreneurship and will have expressed the intention and motivation to go into business.

Sully Ashfield and Barbara Bill Ashfield Fund

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Aboriginal and/or Africian Nova Scotia

Established in 2012 through a generous gift from the Estate of Barbara Cameron Ashfield, the Fund provides support for student awards at Acadia University. Specifically, disbursements from the Ashfield Fund are divided evenly between general, athletic, and special (i.e. Nova Scotia aboriginal and African) student awards.

Susan Dove (McQueen) Crowell Bursary

Bursary

The Susan Dove (McQueen) Crowell Bursary, will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,500 to a student with preference given to a student from Pictou County; however, in the event that there are no eligible candidates from Pictou County, the award will be made to any worthy student.

Susan Smith Memorial Scholarship (Class of 1972)

Scholarship of up to $1,580 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Pre-Med, Current 4th year

The Susan Smith Memorial Scholarship (Class of 1972). A scholarship established by the Class of 1972 in memory of Susan Louise Smith of Windsor, Nova Scotia (Acadia, 1969­'71) is to be awarded to a deserving female student who intends to enter medical school. The scholarship is awarded to a student on recommendation of the Head of the Biology Department.

Susie Golding Langley Award

Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Susie Golding Langley Award is granted annually, on the recommendation of the School of Nutrition & Dietetics, to a third or fourth year student in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics with a demonstrated interest and aptitude in Sports Nutrition. In the event there is no eligible student in Sports Nutrition, the award can be conferred on a promising and well-rounded Nutrition and Dietetics student.

Sussex Regional High School Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Sussex Regional High School Bursary will be awarded annually to a graduate of Sussex Regional High School who is entering or returning to an undergraduate degree program at Acadia University. Selection will be made on the basis of financial need and satisfactory scholastic performance. The endowed bursary was established in 2005.

Sydney Taylor '13 Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Arts

The Sydney Taylor ’13 Memorial Award is awarded to (a) returning student(s) in the Faculty of Arts who has enriched campus life as an active Acadia citizen through academic, on‐ or off campus leadership or activities. Awards will be made based on applications to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The Sydney Taylor ’13 Memorial Award was established in 2013 by friends and family in memory of Sydney Taylor, to honour her commitment to academic excellence, her inquisitive nature and her love of family, friends and community. Sydney was a vibrant and active member of the Acadia community who was passionate about human rights,music and the environment whose life should serve as an inspiration to young people to be confident and fearless. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics.

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.