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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B. L. Thurber Scholarship


The B. L. Thurber Scholarship. The sum of $950 is to be awarded to students from Freeport, Central Grove, Tiverton, Westport, or failing these, any students in Digby County, Nova Scotia.

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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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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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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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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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Bertha A. Curry Scholarship


The Bertha A. Curry Scholarship. A scholarship of $115 provided by the late Mr. R. Byrns Curry of Ottawa, Ontario, in memory of his mother, Mrs. Bertha A. Curry, will be awarded annually to a young lady of good scholastic standing who has shown fine qualities of character, personality and leadership.

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Bertie Bowlby Schurman Memorial Scholarships


The Bertie Bowlby Schurman Memorial Scholarships. Two scholarships of $800 each are to be awarded annually to students whose homes are in Queens County, Nova Scotia, and Prince County, Prince Edward Island, respectively. Funds for these scholarships were provided through a bequest from Bertie Bowlby Schurman in memory of Mr. and Mrs. John Davis Schurman, Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Bowlby and Robert Percival Schurman.

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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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Bill Smith Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $470 | Eligibility: Athletics

The Bill Smith Memorial Scholarship. An endowed scholarship is provided by Mr. and Mrs. David Alman

Smith of Moncton, New Brunswick, in memory of their son, Cadet Officer Willis (Bill) Smith (Acadia, Ex '55) who was killed in training in 1952.- To be awarded annually by the faculty to an Acadia student at the end of the first year on grounds of sporting behaviour, scholarship and leadership.

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Bittner Scholarship in English

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.

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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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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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