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.

Tantramar Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $60,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

The Tantramar Scholarship is awarded annually on a renewable basis to an entering student from Tantramar Regional High School registered in a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor/Certificate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science program at Acadia University. Preference will be given to students studying in business administration, engineering, physics, or mathematics and statistics. The recipient will possess the characteristics of John and Anne Wilson, namely he/she will be entrepreneurial, positively involved in the community life of the Sackville, New Brunswick area, and will have demonstrated potential to contribute to, and benefit from, an Acadia University education. The scholarship was established in 2005 by the generosity of the Wilson family. Please note: To be considered for this scholarship, students must have a minimum 80% average in grade 11 and grade 12

Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Bursary in Music

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

The Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Bursary in Music is awarded annually on 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 strings. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. The bursary was established by the family and friends of Tara Lynne Touesnard, a third year Bachelor of Music Education student who died in an automobile accident in 1994. Tara Lynne was a composer and recording artist who held a number of awards and academic scholarships from Acadia. She was a four-time Maritime Old Time Fiddling Champion, a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, a Phi Delta Kappa Education Scholarship and the 1991 Cultural Life Award for Nova Scotia and had toured with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue.

Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane Entrance Scholarship is annually awarded to a superior entering student from a high school within the Kings County District School Board. The endowment is provided by Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane, Barristers and Solicitors of Kentville, Nova Scotia.

TD Bursaries

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

Originally established in 2002 and 2008 as the TD Bank Financial Group Bursary and the TD Bank Financial Group Student Bursaries, the TD Bursaries are granted annually to Canadian students who demonstrate financial need. Approximately one-third of the bursaries are designated for entering students who have satisfactory academic standing.

Thomas and Mildred Irvine Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $5,000

The Thomas and Mildred Irvine Scholar-Bursary will be offered in the amount of $5000 to students entering their second or subsequent year full-time study at Acadia, in any discipline, who have achieved an average of 85%. Preference that recipients be residents of Nova Scotia. The scholar-bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of the estate of alumna Mildred G. Irvine BA’40, BEd’41, MA’50, and her late husband Thomas E. Irving BA’49, MA’50.

Thomas and Violet Thorne Hetherington Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick

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

Thomas Dadson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $200 | Eligibility: Arts, History, Politics, Current 2nd year

The Thomas Dadson Memorial Scholarship. An annual award of $200 in memory of Dr. Thomas Dadson, Mark Curry Professor of History at Acadia University, 1929 - 1950, endowed by an old friend, is awarded at the end of the second year to a student of distinction proceeding to a major in history or political science.

Thomas Gordon MacLeod Memorial Bursary

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

The Thomas Gordon MacLeod Memorial Bursary is the interest on an endowment of $10,000 donated from the Estate of the late T. Gordon MacLeod by Mrs. Elizabeth MacLeod and family members. It is annually awarded to a needy student registered in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science or the School of Business Administration. Preference is given to a Pictou County, Nova Scotia, resident.

Thomas J. Hammett Memorial Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary

The Thomas J. Hammett Memorial Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to students from the Atlantic Provinces. Two awards are presented annually; one to an entering student and one to a continuing student who have extra-curricular interests and achievement in athletics, maintained satisfactory academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students registered in the Business Administration program.

Thomas R. Pattillo Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $470 | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Thomas R. Pattillo Memorial Scholarship was provided by the late Jennie A. Bentley (Acadia Ladies Seminary) of Truro, Nova Scotia, in memory of her grandfather, Thomas R. Pattillo (B.A. 1856). The entrance scholarship is awarded on a renewable basis every third or fourth year or as available to a student in the School of Music.

Town of Wolfville Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The Town of Wolfville Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student who is now and has been a resident of the Town of Wolfville for at least three years and who is entering the first year of a four year degree program at Acadia University. The eligible student must possess an outstanding academic record at the Grade 12 level (must have an average of at least 80% on university allowable grade 12 courses), show evidence of community service during high school years and/or examples of leadership initiatives that have positively affected the quality of life of others. The student must also possess a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The scholar-bursary may be renewed for up to four years.

The award is provided by the Town of Wolfville to address the wishes of its citizens that outstanding local candidates for university have every opportunity and encouragement to “stay at home” and attend university.

Trask Family Bursary

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

The Trask Family Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering or returning student who is a resident of Nova Scotia and has demonstrated financial need, good work ethics and has participated in extra-curricular or community activities. Preference will be given to a student from Yarmouth, Digby or Shelburne Counties. This award is made possible through the generosity of Michael L. Trask (BCO, Acadia, 1966) and his family from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.

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.