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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Chris Peyton Hockey Award

Award of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2018 by Chris Peyton. The recipient should be in good academic standing, display positive team leadership qualities as well as good citizenship with the community. Chris was a member of the hockey Axemen from 1995 to 2000 and a member of the University Cub championship team in 1996. To be awarded annually to a returning men's varsity hockey player.

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Class of 1933 Fiftieth Reunion Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,535 | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Divinity, Interdisciplinary Studies, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Class of 1933 Fiftieth Reunion Scholarship of $1535 is awarded annually to a post first­year student in any faculty or school who has demonstrated academic excellence and displays qualities of leadership by participation in drama, music, athletics and/or community or student activities.

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Clow Leadership Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Clow Leadership Awards are awarded annually to members of the varsity Men’s Football Team who have been a member of the team at Acadia University for at least one year, are entering their second, third or fourth year of varsity eligibility, and have a minimum sessional grade point average of 3.0. Recipients shall strive for excellence in all facets of life and show exemplary leadership qualities including leadership in community activities and character, integrity, a passion to succeed, and courage. This award is made on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics and the Football Head Coach. This endowed award was established in 2007 by Mr. Don Clow (BBA Acadia, 1983).

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Connie MacNeil Athletics Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Connie MacNeil Athletics Awards are awarded annually to two students on a varsity athletics team at Acadia University. The awards are on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics.

The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the MacNeil Family, to honour Mr. Conrad (Connie) MacNeil (BA Acadia 1952; BED Acadia 1953) who was one of John Bragg's teachers at Oxford Regional High School. Connie was a proud Acadia Axeman hockey player from 1949 - 1953. Since returning to the Wolfville area in 1964, Connie has been closely involved with Acadia as a part-time staff member, Alumni board member (2001-2003) and was the founding chairman of the Acadia Blueline Club.

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Conrad (Connie) MacNeil Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics

The Conrad (Connie) MacNeil Memorial Scholar-Bursary, given annually, on the recommendation of the Director or Athletics, to a well-rounded student entering the second or subsequent year of study at Acadia University who has had a positive impact on the Acadia and Wolfville communities. The recipient will have demonstrated a high level of leadership as a member of an Acadia varsity sports team and through his or her volunteer contributions. Preference will be given to a student from New Brunswick who plays varsity hockey.

The scholar-bursary was established in June of 2013 by the generosity of Mr. John T. Clark, BSc '52, DCL '10 through the J.T. Clark Family Foundation Inc. of Fredericton, New Brunswick in support of undergraduate post-secondary education and in an effort to memorialize alumnus Conrad (Connie) MacNeil, BA '53, BEd '54.

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Creaser/Margeson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Professional Studies, Business Administration, Computer Science, Economics

The Creaser/Margeson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or returning student participating in varsity athletics at Acadia. Preference may be given to a student entering a program in business, computer science, or economics.

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Crystal Hennigar Memorial Hockey Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2014 by Terry and Heather Hennigar. To be awarded to a returning varsity men's hockey player who demonstrates caring and compassion for others and possesses a positive attitude. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum 80% average and is a community role model. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the men's hockey program.

This award is in memory of an Acadia "hockey Mom & daughter". Crystal's father, Terry, was a member of the varsity men's hockey team in the 1960s and her son Michael joined the hockey Axemen in 2013, graduating with a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree in 2017 and Education in 2018. Crystal was a true inspiration to her family, in particular her sons, Michael and Adam, and her many friends and nursing colleagues. Her legacy was putting others ahead of herself through kindness, respect and a positive attitude. Crystal lost her battle to cancer in 2014.

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