Scholarships and 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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Carl J. Sanders Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Carl J. Sanders Memorial Scholarships. (a) The late Carl J. Sanders of Toronto provided an endowment sufficient to permit the award of two scholarships of $1500, one of $1200 and two of $1000. These scholarships are awarded each year to students entering the freshman class and each is renewable for up to four years. (b) Two non renewable scholarships of $1000 each are awarded each year from the same endowment to entering freshman students.

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Cecil Patterson Blakeley Business Administration Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Cecil Patterson Blakeley Business Administration Scholarship will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Business to students entering or returning to the School of Business. Awards will be made to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in community activities.This endowed scholarship was established in 2008 with an estate gift from Shirley Alice Blakeley (LMU, BM Acadia 1949, 1950).

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Charles A. Eaton Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Charles A. Eaton Memorial Scholarship of $3608 ($902 a year for up to four years) endowed by the late Senator W. H. Dennis in recognition of the long and eminent public service of the Hon. Charles A. Eaton.

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Charles Aubrey Eaton Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Charles Aubrey Eaton Scholarship of $1900 ($475 a year for up to four years) endowed by the late Charles A. Eaton, LL.D. (Acadia, 1890).

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Charles Edward (4), the Jane Elizabeth (4) and the William Leslie (4) Patterson Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Charles Edward (4), the Jane Elizabeth (4) and the William Leslie (4) Patterson Entrance Scholarships, each valued at $8452 ($2113 annually for four years), are awarded each year. These scholarships have been provided through a legacy of the late Dr. W.L. Patterson, one of Acadia's distinguished alumni (Class of 1902).

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Chester W Small Scholar-Bursary in Chemistry

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering first year, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

The Chester W. Small Scholar-Bursary in Chemistry. Established in 2015 by Brian Matheson, Class of 1963, in honour of Dr. Chester W. Small, Professor of Chemistry at Acadia, 1926-1966. To be awarded to an entering full-time student from the Maritimes majoring in Chemistry who has shown outstanding academic promise at high school level and has demonstrated financial need. Valued at $10,000, to defray the cost of tuition, fees, and other expenses. Renewable, for a maximum of four years of funding subject to continued enrolment as a full-time student and maintenance of an 80% average.

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Clara McLearn Blakeley Music Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Clara McLearn Blakeley Music Scholarship will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to students entering or returning to the School of Music. Awards will be made to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in community activities. This endowed scholarship was established in 2008 with an estate gift from Shirley Alice Blakeley (LMU, BM Acadia 1949, 1950).

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Class of '43 Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Theatre, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Class of '43 Memorial Award is given annually on recommendation of the Director of the Theatre Studies program to a superior student, new or returning, who is in need of money. The award is in memory of class members who died in World War II: Sidney Ford, Thomas Henry, John Lawson, John Lavine, and J. Douglas MacNearney.

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Class of 1923 Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1923 Scholarship ($700) is the interest on a fund established by the Class of 1923. The scholarship is awarded to an entering student on the basis of academic merit.

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Class of 1924 Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

The Class of 1924 Scholarship. Two scholarships of $1400 which represents the interest on a fund established by the Class of 1924. The scholarships are awarded to entering students on the basis of academic merit. Preference will be given to a student in music.

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Class of 1929 Music Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $1,260 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Class of 1929 Music Scholarships. Established by the Class of 1929 on the occasion of their fortieth anniversary, the scholarships in the amount of $1260 are to be awarded annually to entering students or students already enrolled in the School of Music who, in the opinion of the University, have given evidence of outstanding academic ability and musical talent.

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Class of 1937 Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1937 Scholarship ($2950) is the interest on a fund established by the Class of 1937. The award is made as a renewable entrance scholarship and is available every third or fourth year.

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Class of 1940 Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1940 Memorial Scholarship ($3735) was established by the Class of '40 to be awarded as a renewable entrance scholarship.

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Class of 1941 Entrance Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1941 Entrance Scholarships were established by that class in 1981. Two renewable entrance scholarships of $1840 are available every third or fourth year to selected highly qualified entrants for up to four years.

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Class of 1945 Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1945 Bursary was established on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the Class to provide assistance to needy students with preference given to those in first year. Approximately $1955 is available from the fund each year.

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Class of 1951 Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1951 Scholarship is the interest on a fund established by the Class of 1951 which is awarded as a renewable entrance scholarship every third or fourth year. Preference will be given to a student with a disability as defined by the Canadian Rehabilitation Council for the Disabled.

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Class of 1955 Entrance Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1955 Entrance Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student who has demonstrated financial need. The endowed bursary was established in 2005 through the generosity of the Class of 1955.

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Class of 1959 Memorial Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Class of 1959 Memorial Entrance Scholarship is awarded annually up to the amount of full tuition, to an entering student who is a direct descendant of an undergraduate member of the Class of 1959 in the context of child to parent to grandparent and so on. If there is no eligible descendent of the Class of 1959, the scholarship is open to any student demonstrating academic excellence. There will be only one award per year and preference will be given to a student studying at the undergraduate level.

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Curtis H. and Margaret T. Chipman Achievement Awards

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Curtis H. and Margaret T. Chipman Achievement Awards are provided by Curtis H. Chipman (DCL Acadia, 1993), a friend and benefactor to Acadia. Two awards are presented to students in music; one to an entering student and one to a continuing performance student who is making excellent progress and promises to bring joy to those for whom she/he will perform.

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