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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Prize | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The B. Marion Power Canadian History Prize of $35 annually, endowed by Miss B. Marion Power (Acadia, '37), is awarded to the student majoring in history who obtains the highest standing in History 1306 (Canadian History).
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Bittner Scholarship in English was established by Alice Holmer Bittner in memory of her husband William R. Bittner who was a professor of English at Acadia from 1967 to 1977. The scholarship is available on Departmental nomination to a student majoring or honouring in English and entering the second or subsequent year of study at Acadia. Preference is given to a student demonstrating an interest in creative writing.
Award | Eligibility: Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Bruce Wendell Phinney, FCPA, FCA, BBA ’81 Merit Award, established in 2020 by his wife Gretchen and daughter Evan BBA ’16, celebrates Bruce’s life-long dedication and commitment to Acadia University, and his many generous and thoughtful contributions to the greater Nova Scotia community. This award is supported by Bruce’s extended family, friends, and Acadia Alumni, to ensure Bruce’s commitment, generosity of spirit, and hard work will live on at Acadia through future students.
The recipient of this award will be a current second or third-year student at Acadia University, who has a demonstrated history of community service, and dedication to personal growth. A committee, including members of the Phinney family, will adjudicate the applicant submissions.