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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Barrett Corporation Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Barrett Corporation Award is provided to any students entering Acadia University who are children of full-time employees of Barrett Corporation and its subsidiaries (provided they are not recipients of the Barrett Scholarship). The award will be provided toward the first year of study. Recipients will also receive an offer for summer employment with Barrett Corporation or one of its subsidiaries throughout the student's program at Acadia.

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Bell Family Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Bell Family Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering well-rounded student from Liverpool Regional High School, Nova Scotia on the basis of academic performance. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated financial need. The gifted scholarship was established in 2005 by Dr. Frank G. Bell (BA, BSCH Acadia 1949, 1950) and the Bell Family.

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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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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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BMO Financial Group Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year

The scholarship fund has been established through the generosity of the BMO Financial Group in recognition of the longstanding and respectful relationship between the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and Acadia University. These scholarships, in the amount of $1,000 each, will be offered to students entering full-time undergraduate study at Acadia University with an average of between 90 and 94.9%. Funds not expended in any given academic year will be carried over and offered in subsequent years.

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Board of Governors Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Board of Governors Entrance Scholarships (8) of $1000 each are awarded annually and are renewable for up to four years.

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Bob Stead Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Bob Stead Award is awarded annually to a student who is from Nova Scotia, preferably Wolfville, and who is entering the first year of a four-year degree program at Acadia University and who self-identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community. The award is provided by the Town of Wolfville in memory of Bob Stead to celebrate diversity and encourage Nova Scotia students to "stay at home" and attend university.

Robert “Bob” Stead ('63) was Acadia's Registrar and later Mayor of the Town of Wolfville. Over his 27-year career with Acadia, Bob became the face of the Admissions Office, epitomizing the ‘personal touch’ that is an Acadia trademark. He was exceptionally well-liked and well-respected by colleagues and students alike. Prior to his retirement from Acadia, Bob was elected to Wolfville’s Town Council, a foray into municipal governance that would ultimately become his second career and would last for 24 years. He was elected Mayor in 1997, a position he held until October of 2012.

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Bruce E Cohoon Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Bruce E Cohoon Scholar-Bursary is awarded to an entering student from Horton High School who demonstrates high academic standing, leadership, extra-curricular involvement and community service. The student should also have financial need.

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Burnett W. and Bessie C. Ralston Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Burnett W. and Bessie C. Ralston Scholarship of $720 ($240 a year for up to three years) was endowed by the late Right Honourable (Colonel) J. Layton Ralston, K.C., D.C.L., P.C., in memory of his parents, the late Burnett William and Bessie Chipman Ralston of Amherst, Nova Scotia.

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