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.

VEMCO Entrance Scholarships in Business

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The VEMCO Entrance Scholarships in Business are awarded annually to two students entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program and who have participated in extra-curricular activity. At least one recipient will be a Nova Scotia resident. Preference will be given to the children and grandchildren of VEMCO/AMIRIX Systems Inc. employees and those who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial mind-set. The awards are made on recommendation of the Director of the Fred C. Manning School of Business.

The scholarships were established in 2010 through the generosity of VEMCO/AMIRIX Systems Inc. in their support of post-secondary education.

Vere Karsdale Mason Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $120 | Eligibility: Athletics

The Vere Karsdale Mason Scholarship. An annual award provided to honour Vere Karsdale Mason, Rhodes Scholar, who graduated from Acadia in 1914 with honours in four subjects and an "A" in athletics. He fell in action in August 1916. The winner shall be a student who has completed the first year and who combines academic achievement with citizenship and sporting behaviour. Preference shall be given to a student from a farming community.

Victor E. Gould Memorial Prize in Biology

Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 2nd year

The Victor E. Gould Memorial Prize in Biology. An annual prize endowed by the late Mrs. Carrie E. Gould of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in memory of her son, the late Victor E. Gould (Acadia, '31), is awarded at the end of the second year to a student majoring in biology (preferably vertebrate zoology) who intends to take postgraduate work in that subject at a Canadian university.

Victor W. Sutherland Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Nova Scotia

The Victor W. Sutherland Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. Preference will be given to a student from the Cobequid Educational Center and/or Truro, Nova Scotia. This scholar-bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic performance to a student who demonstrates leadership in extra-curricular life and/or community service. This scholar-bursary is made possible through the generosity of Victor W. Sutherland (Acadia '56, BSc Geo) of Calgary, Alberta.

Victoria Harwood Excellence Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established by Victoria Lanyon Harwood in 2007, these awards recognize and give support to women student athletes who demonstrate excellence in both athletics and academics. Victoria Harwood ('80), a varsity athlete graduated with a BA degree from Acadia University as a Dean's List Scholar and a winner of the Hugh A. Nobel Award. She received her MBA from Dalhousie University and has been a partner of The Harwood Group ScotiaMcLeod Inc. for the past 15 years. She has served on Acadia's Board of Governors, chaired the first Women in Sport Gala, and co-chaired the Athletics component of the Tides are Turning Campaign. No doubt Victoria's accomplishments in her profession, and as a volunteer and the mother of four daughters (two of whom are recent graduates of Acadia University) are what have inspired her to create the Victoria Harwood Excellence Awards.

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.