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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Barbara and Phillip Thorpe Scholar-Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nova Scotia

Established in 2014 by alumnus Phillip Thorpe ('58) and his wife Barbara, to be awarded on a renewable basis to a entering full-time undergraduate student in the Faculty of Science. This student, from Nova Scotia, must demonstrate academic excellence and financial need.

Born in Wolfville, Phillip Thorpe grew up on a farm in Ross Corner, Nova Scotia and attended Acadia with his brother Ralph, where they roomed together for four years. After receiving his CAS and BSc (Math), Phil attended McGill for engineering and met and married Barbara, who was studying biochemistry. They moved to Calgary where Phil made his career with Shell.

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Beatrice Spence-Ross Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $835 | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Psychology, Sociology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Beatrice Spence-Ross Scholarship was established by Dr. Beatrice Spence-Ross, social psychologist and historian, counsellor and popular writer, and a former member of the Acadia University Department of Sociology. It is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Sociology or the Department of Psychology to a student with high academic standing in the third or fourth year of undergraduate study, majoring in one of these departments and who intends to proceed to post baccalaureate study in gerontology. Preference may be given to a female student who is a resident of Annapolis or Hants Counties.

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Bernard N. Cain Memorial Scholarship (Engineering)

Scholarship of up to $2,095 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The Bernard N. Cain Memorial Scholarship (Engineering) was established in 1980 by alumni, friends and family of Professor Cain (E.C. Acadia, 1933; B.Eng. N.S.T.C., 1935) who joined the faculty of the School of Engineering in 1938 and was Dean from 1953 to 1961. It provides one or two scholarships each year to be awarded on the recommendation of the School of Engineering to students who have completed at least one year of study at Acadia, who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and who show strong potential for the practice of engineering.

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Beulah Wry Noble Memorial Scholarship in Music

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Music, Entering first year

The Beulah Wry Noble Memorial Scholarship in Music was provided through the generosity of Otto A. Noble (B.Sc. Acadia, 1926) in memory of his wife. The renewable entrance scholarship of $1250 is awarded to a superior student on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music. The late Mrs. Noble was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, and graduated from Acadia Ladies Seminary in 1926 with diplomas in piano and voice and later studied fine arts at Mount Allison. Throughout her life she devoted much time and energy to active church work.

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Beveridge Science Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Entering final Year

The Beveridge Science Scholarship in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science is awarded annually to a student entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty. The criterion for the scholarship shall be broadly based on academic excellence and is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the qualities, initiative, experimental learning, leadership and enthusiasm for their area of study, as determined by the previous year’s marks and on the basis of an interview and a dossier which will be reviewed by an examining committee. Dr. J.M.R . Beveridge (BSc Acadia ’37; PhD Toronto ’40; MD Western ’50), was the President of Acadia University 1964-78. The award is provided by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.

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BioMedica Diagnostics Science Award

Award of up to $5,200 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year

Established in 2021 BioMedica Diagnostics, this renewable entrance award is available to a science student demonstrating financial need and strong academic success. Students of BIPOC background who have experience contributing to community or family needs in a volunteer capacity are preferred. Considering a career in science, the recipient will have the opportunity to meet with staff at BioMedica Diagnostics and explore the possibility of a work term if the recipient has enrolled in Acadia’s Co-op program at the beginning of second year.

Value: $5,200 annually for 4 years

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Bruce Andrej Maclean Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science

The Bruce Andrej Maclean Memorial Scholar-Bursary established in 2002 by family and friends, is awarded annually to a student entering a first-year Bachelor of Science degree program at Acadia who demonstrates financial need.

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