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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Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Acadia Alumni Athletic Awards are awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics to two Acadia women’s varsity athletes. The recipients should be quality student-athletes who show exemplary leadership and dedication in their sport, community and classroom. Preference is to have the awards directed to two different varsity sports.
The awards have been established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.
The Acadia Alumni Student of the Year Award was established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University in 1981 to recognize and honour an outstanding undergraduate student. The award is made annually to a student who has shown outstanding qualities of character, leadership, personality and scholarship and has made significant contributions to university life.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic Athletic Awards. Established in 2013 by Darren and Ann Booth. To be presented annually, for five years, to returning female and male student-athletes who have overcome significant adversity and demonstrate a strong academic standing, community leadership and an above average commitment to improving their athletic performance through physical, mental or other forms of rehabilitative training. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the appropriate therapy and coaching staff.
Award of up to $1,590
The Acadia University Staff Association Award is made each year to an Acadia Service Employees International Union staff member or their spouse, child, grandchild, step-child, niece or nephew who is a full time student. First consideration will be given to staff and immediate family members. The recipient will be recommended by the SEIU executive. The award is based on academic performance and need.
Awarded annually to a returning student, the Alan R. Dennis Leadership Award recognizes high academic achievement and strong leadership qualities as evidenced through extracurricular involvement and/or community activities. The recipient must have a minimum 80% average and display good citizenship within the Acadia community.
The award was established in 2019 and made possible through the generosity of Dr. Alan R. Dennis (Acadia, Class of 1982). After studying Computer Science at Acadia, Dr. Dennis received his MBA from Queen’s University in 1984 and his PhD from Arizona State University in 1991. Dr. Dennis currently holds the John T. Chambers Chair of Internet Systems in the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.
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.
Award of up to $1,505 | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alden R. Clark Athletic Award is provided by Dr. Alden R. Clark (B.A. Acadia, 1924; D.C.L. (Hon.), 1978) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The award is given on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a New Brunswick resident entering their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia who has given evidence of good academic achievement, leadership and sporting behaviour and has participated in varsity intercollegiate sport. At the discretion of the Director of Athletics, two awards of equal value may be made in any given year.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
Established in 2015, to be awarded to an entering full-time student who is a high school varsity athlete showing exceptional commitment to sport. Preference for students from the Dartmouth area.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Alumni Swimming Leadership Award. Established in 2014 by Rob Harris, Class of 1995. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity swimmer who demonstrates commitment to leadership in the pool while maintaining strong academic standards as a student athlete in the classroom.
This award will be open to eligible students with an academic average of 70% or more.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Andrews Family Basketball Award was established in 2017 by Amber Andrews (’96). The award will be presented to a student-athlete who:
• is a returning member of the women’s basketball program;
• is in good academic standing;
• demonstrates a hard work ethic and strong leadership with her team;
• provides leadership within the community.
The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the women’s varsity basketball program.
Award of up to $6,500 | Eligibility: Arts, Computer Science
Established in 2019 by an appreciative Acadia alumnus, this award is granted to a full-time student preferably from Nova Scotia, with a double major in Computer Science and the Faculty of Arts. The award recognizes the importance of multiple disciplines in the pursuit of a more holistic view of technology, and is renewable with consideration for academic excellence and financial need. This award will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Augusta Ada Single Parent Award is available to a needy single parent who is in receipt of benefits from the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services or receiving similar benefits from another source. The eligible student must be taking at least four credits and have a minimum A (80%) average. Preference is given to women in computer science. The award is provided by Alumni and Friends in honour of the contributions of Augusta Ada in the field of computer science as the world's first computer programmer.
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