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.

W. Gordon Ross Memorial Scholarship in History

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

The W. Gordon Ross Memorial Scholarship in History. This scholarship was endowed in 1989 by Mr. Stanley Ross of Saint John, New Brunswick, in memory of his brother, the Reverend Walter Gordon Ross (B.Th Acadia 1929, MA Acadia 1932). The award shall be made to an outstanding student entering the second or subsequent year of study leading to a BA degree with a major or honours in History. Preference shall be given to students working in the field of Canadian History. It is the donor's wish that the same student, if continuing to be worthy, should receive the scholarship in successive years to graduation. The award will be made by the appropriate committee on the recommendation of the Department of History.

W. Malcolm Orchard Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,550 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 3rd year

The W. Malcolm Orchard Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding student who has completed three years of study towards the Honours degree in Chemistry and plans to pursue graduate studies in that field. Mr.Orchard graduated from Acadia with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1937.

W. S. DeWolfe Bursaries

Bursary

The W. S. DeWolfe Bursaries. The sum of $240 is divided annually at the discretion of the University. By the terms of the bequest, these bursaries are available for male students only. They will not be granted to those receiving aid from the Payzant Fund.

W.T. Pound Family Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Environmental Science, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The W.T. Pound Family Bursary support the study of ecology and is awarded to a third or fourth year student in the Environmental Science program enrolled in one or more ecology courses, with preference for a student whose studies focus on ecology. The award is made to a citizen of Canada who is in need of financial support. This bursary was established in remembrance of Jessie Edith and William Thomas Pound; they are honoured by the family they created and encouraged.

W.T. Pound Family Scholarship

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

The W.T. Pound Family Scholarship recognizes excellence and achievement in the study of ecology. The scholarship is presented at the end of each academic year, upon the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Biology, to an Environmental Science programme honours student completing the third or fourth year, enrolled in one or more ecology courses. Preference will be given to a student whose studies focus on ecology. This scholarship was established in remembrance of Jessie Edith and William Thomas Pound; they are honoured by the family they created and encouraged.

Walker Wood Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Walker Wood Scholar-Bursaries are awarded on a renewable basis to two entering students who are Canadian citizens from the Maritime Provinces who have shown financial need. One student will be chosen from the Faculty of Professional Studies and one from the Faculty of Science. Special consideration will be given to those candidates who demonstrate leadership qualities and participation in extracurricular and community-based activities. (Value: two awards at $4,000 annually, renewable)

Wallace and Trenna Turner Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Art, English, Music, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

Established by the Turners in 1983 to support a needy scholarship level student in the second or subsequent year of study in art, music or creative writing. The recipient must be a person of proven creative talents. Wallace Turner was a well-known water colour artist, who together with Trenna, had an interest in helping needy students with creative talents.

Walter W. Chipman Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Walter W. Chipman Scholarship of $1900 ($475 a year for up to four years) endowed by the late Walter W. Chipman, M.D., D.C.L., LL.D., (Acadia, 1890) of Montreal, Quebec.

Wanda Langley Award

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

The Wanda Langley Award will be awarded annually on recommendation of the Biology Department to support a student majoring in Biology who is participating in research activities; demonstrates initiative and improvement in their academic program; and possesses strong community and Acadia spirit. Preference will be given to Honours students.

The award was established in 2008 through contributions from faculty and staff in honour of Wanda Langley. Wanda’s 36.5 years of commitment to Acadia and her dedication to students are celebrated though this award.

Wendy (Bishop) Morgan Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year

The Wendy (Bishop) Morgan Memorial Scholarship was established through donations from family and friends and to commemorate the life of an excellent student who graduated with a B.A. with Honours in History in 1970. At the time of her death in May 1988, she was involved in a successful executive career. The scholarship is awarded annually to a second year Bachelor of Education student who shows exceptional promise as a classroom teacher.

Wendy Seaman Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Education, Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Wendy Seaman Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually to one student entering the Bachelor of Business Administration program and one entering the Bachelor of Education program. Preference is given to women. The recipients are to be superior students with a broad range of interests in people and human relations. The business student must be a graduate of a high school between Windsor and Digby. The education student must be an Acadia graduate. Mrs. Seaman died tragically in January 1989, having served family, friends and her community in exemplary ways as a parent, youth supporter, school board member and business woman.

White Memorial Scholarship

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

The White Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to a student who is studying towards a degree with a major in a program offered by that Department. The scholarship is made available through the White Memorial Fund which for many years was used to support a named chair in mathematics. In 1997, faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics agreed that the funds should be used to recognize outstanding academic achievement. The White Memorial Fund was established through an endowment by the White family, shipbuilders and lumbering entrepreneurs, many of whom were educated at Acadia University.

Whitman House (Tully) Scholarship

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

The Whitman House (Tully) Scholarship ($200) is awarded annually to a Tully resident who has lived in that residence for at least one year and who best exhibits the Tully spirit while maintaining a superior level of academic achievement. The scholarship will be applied against the fees of the second term. Funding for the scholarship is provided by Tully alumni and friends.

Whitney Athletic Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Visible Minority

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 female 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.

Willett House Award

Award

The Willett House Award is provided annually to a returning student who is a resident of any house and exhibits house spirit while maintaining a satisfactory academic standing and who has contributed to university or community life through extra-curricular activities. The award was made possible through the initiative of the 1997/1998 Willett House Residence Council.

William A. and Bertha L. Harper Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts

The William A. and Bertha L. Harper Memorial Bursary is available for a needy student in a humanities program. Preference will be given to a student from the Maritimes. It was established by Elizabeth (Harper) Kymlicka (B.A. Acadia, 1955) in memory of her parents, William Anderson Harper (B.Th. Acadia, 1931) and Bertha Whitman Harper (L.Mus., Acadia, 1929).

William G. Fletcher Memorial Award in Classics

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

The William G. Fletcher Memorial Award in Classics is presented each year to a classics student who achieves excellence in the subject and who best demonstrates its application to the modern world. The award is provided in memory of Dr. Fletcher, Head of the Classics Department, 1967-­1977.

William Haynes Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary

The William Haynes Memorial Scholar-Bursary was established in 1993 by Arden (DCL Acadia 1990) and Beverly (Class of 1949) Haynes in memory of their son who attended Acadia 1970 74. The bursary is available to students with a sound academic record and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

William Henry Dyas Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship

The William Henry Dyas Memorial Scholarship was provided through the generosity of his daughter, Gretta, and is awarded on recommendation of the Chaplain to a continuing student who is preparing for service in church ministry or for work in religious education, or any other field of religious endeavour, and who has shown practical interest in ecumenical university chaplaincy at Acadia, and possibly as a profession. Rev. Dyas was a graduate of Horton Academy and Acadia (B.A., 1900; D.D. 1933).

William J. Wright Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $1,256

The William J. Wright Memorial Scholarships provided by the legacy of the late Dr. William Wright, are annually awarded to superior students who achieve Deans' List standing. Dr. Wright was a professional geologist who achieved distinction in Canada, the United States and abroad. He graduated B.Sc. Acadia, 1907; B.A. Yale, 1908; M.A., 1912; Ph.D., 1915; LL.D. University of New Brunswick, 1951.

William John Gordon Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The William John Gordon Entrance Scholarships (2) are provided for by a legacy from the Estate of the late Mr. Gordon whose wife, the late Mrs. Edith Rebecca Ells Gordon, a native of North Medford, Kings County, Nova Scotia, graduated from Acadia (B.A., '04, M.A., '05). The scholarships of $1995 each are awarded as renewable entrance scholarships and are normally available every third or fourth year.

William Laird Archibald Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The William Laird Archibald Scholarship of $1160 was endowed by Dr. Francis M. Archibald (Acadia, '19) in honour of his father, Dr. W.L. Archibald (Acadia, 1892), Principal of the Acadia Collegiate Academy, 1916 1926, and Registrar of Acadia University, 1926 1939. The award will normally be made each year to a male student of high standing entering his third undergraduate year in Arts or Science; or it may, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, be awarded as an entrance scholarship to an exceptionally bright and needy student.

William Lewis Wright Scholarship in Music

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

The William Lewis Wright Scholarship in Music. An endowed scholarship of $160 has been provided by Mr. William Lewis Wright of Robson, British Columbia, a member of the Acadia Class of 1903, to be awarded annually to a worthy student in piano.

Willie Bradford Kempton Memorial Bursary

Bursary

The Willie Bradford Kempton Memorial Bursary. A sum of money yielding $25 was given to Acadia by the Reverend Samuel Bradford Kempton, D.D., and his wife, Eliza A. Kempton, as a gift in memory of their son, Willie Bradford Kempton, who died in 1892, aged eight years.

Winnie Rhodes Prize in Music

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

The Winnie Rhodes Prize in Music. The income of a fund provided by Mrs. Nelson A. Rhodes of Amherst, Nova Scotia, in memory of her daughter, Winnie Rhodes, is to be applied each year as an aid or a prize of $40 to the student making most commendable progress in the department of instrumental or vocal music.

Winston Steeves Memorial Scholarship in Business

Scholarship of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 4th year

The Winston Steeves Memorial Scholarship in Business is awarded each year to a final year honours student in the School of Business Administration. The scholarship may be made available in the summer prior to the final honours year for thesis research purposes. The funds are provided from the Estate of Dr. Steeves and by his family. Dr. Steeves served on Acadia's Board of Governors from 1963 to 1985 when he was appointed an Honourary Governor. In 1986 he received the degree of Doctor of Civil Law, honoris causa.

Winter Carnival Chapel Fund Bursary

Bursary

The Winter Carnival Chapel Fund Bursary. The Winter Carnival Chapel Fund was raised between 1958 and 1960 by the students of Acadia University through the sale of Chapel fund stamps. The annual interest on this fund (approximately $120) has been designated as a bursary for a Chaplain's assistant. Application should be made through the University Chaplain.

Woo Hockey Award

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2015 by Kam-Lun Peter Woo, Class of 1971. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity hockey player in recognition of academic achievement and a commitment to teamwork.

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.