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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Barry Moody (’67) Scholarship in the Arts

Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established in 2014 by Patricia Townsend to honour the dedication of Dr. Barry Moody, ’67 as a professor, scholar and administrator, this scholarship is awarded annually to a full-time student entering third of fourth year, in the Faculty of Arts in recognition of academic excellence and leadership. Preference for a student from Atlantic Canada.

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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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Bill Wade Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

Established in 2017 by Beth Wade in memory of her husband, Bill, this award is granted on a renewable basis to an entering “all around” full-time student who demonstrates financial need and exhibits the qualities of a community leader, through volunteering, civic engagement, sports or political activities. Eligible recipients have graduated from high school in Nova Scotia, preferably in Kings County.

Bill Wade grew up in Kentville and returned home a couple of years after university to join the family grocery business, developing a chain of independent grocery stores across the Annapolis Valley. An athlete and sports enthusiast from a young age, Bill was an active volunteer with teams, church, service and political organizations and local business development. He served on the Acadia Board of Governors and was a founding member of the Blueline and Red, White and Blue Clubs.

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BJ "Spike" and Grace Walters Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The BJ "Spike" and Grace Walters Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia from Lunenburg County who has demonstrated financial need, participation and leadership in community and extra-curricular activities while maintaining high academic achievement. The scholar-bursary has been made possible through the generosity of Bernard J and Grace Walters of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

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Blackmore Family Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

The BLACKMORE FAMILY SCHOLAR-BURSARY will be awarded annually to an entering or returning undergraduate student on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland-Labrador.

This award has been established by A. R. Blackmore (BA H Acadia 1950).

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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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