Scholarships & Financial Assistance
With education costs on the rise, enhancing student assistance is a top priority for Acadia. Each year, we award more than $4 million to students in the form of scholarships, scholar-bursaries, bursaries, awards, and prizes. By maintaining a strong scholarship and financial assistance program, we are able to attract, retain and support our students.
As a donor to scholarships and financial assistance, you can direct your gift toward: general award funds or awards for specific departments, faculties, research, or athletic teams; any existing named awards; or you can create a personal legacy by establishing a named award yourself. By supporting scholarships and financial assistance, you can help to ensure access to all of the rewards of an Acadia education.
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Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts
Created through gifts from friends, colleagues, and former students in memory of the Acadia faculty members listed below. To be awarded to a full-time student in the Faculty of Arts or School of Music in recognition of outstanding academic achievement.
• Vernon Ellis, School of Music 1974-1991 (Dean 1974-1980)
• Evelyn Garbary (DL ’79), Director of Drama 1967-1976
• Lois Vallely-Fischer, Faculty of Arts 1968-1995
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alce MacLeod Award in Comparative Religion was established by Preston Warren (Acadia, 1925) in the name of his wife, Alice MacLeod Warren (Acadia, 1925). The award is in the amount of $195. Students who have excelled in the study of Comparative Religion are eligible for the award, but preference will be given to one who intends to proceed to a degree in theology upon completion of the Bachelor's degree.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Art, Music, Theatre, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Scholarships were provided for in the Estate of Dr. Marion Elder Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1921; M.A. Toronto, 1931; LL.D., U.N.B., 1950; DCL Acadia, 1964). Dr. Grant was Dean of Women (1936-60), President of the Canadian Federation of University Women (1949-52), President of the Associated Alumni (196163) and member of the Board of Governors (1976-87). In 1984 she was chosen as "Woman of the Century" by the Associated Alumni. She died in 1989. Alice Maud Fitch Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1885; M.A. 1892; M.A. McMaster, 1894) was the second woman to graduate from Acadia. The in-course scholarships are available annually to students entering the second or subsequent years of study in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts (Art), or Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) on recommendation of the appropriate Dean or Director.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year
The Alvah H. and Mabel DeW. Chipman Memorial Scholarships. Two of $2600 each have been provided by gifts of Sidney S. Chipman (Acadia, 1924), Carol Chipman Noble (Acadia, 1925), and Curtis H. Chipman in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvah H. Chipman, formerly of Hampton, New Brunswick, and of their paternal grandparents, the Rev. Alfred Chipman (Acadia, 1855) and Mrs. Alice Shaw Chipman, the first principal of Acadia Ladies Seminary (1861). The awards are made annually to entering students on the basis of scholarship and financial need. They may be renewed for a second year providing a satisfactory academic record is maintained. Preference is given to students with major interest in the fine arts or natural sciences.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 2nd year
The Ambassador of Austria in Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Austrian Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their second year of study of German.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 3rd year
The Ambassador of Switzerland Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Swiss Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their third year of study of German.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada Book Prizes in German are provided by the German Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student each in their first, second and third year of study of German who has achieved the highest average.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, French, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Anna Julia Taylor Memorial Scholarship is available in the second or subsequent year, on recommendation of the Department of French, to a student who is pursuing an honours program in French. Dr. Taylor graduated from Memorial, Dalhousie and Columbia Universities and studied at the Sorbonne. She taught at Acadia from 1948 to 1956.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, International student
As a student at Acadia, Anthony Smith rose as a leader amid his peers in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on campus and was known to hold great affection for his alma mater. After graduation and upon returning to the Bahamas, he devoted his spare time to the development of the country’s youth, mentoring them through sport and in organizations such as Junior Achievement, often doing pro bono training with students preparing for accounting certification. Anthony sought no recognition for his contribution to his fellow Bahamians, but was known to be quietly generous with those in need. As an act of gratitude and respect – and to follow his example – his friends and fellow Acadia alumni have established the Anthony A. Smith BBA ‘01 Scholar-Bursary as a memorial tribute. The scholar-bursary, valued at $1,000 annually, will be awarded to a Bahamian student in full-time study in any discipline at Acadia who demonstrates both academic achievement and/or promise and financial need.