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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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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Class of 1957 Bursary

Bursary of up to $2,500 | Eligibility: Current 2nd year, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

A gift from the Class of 1957 on the occasion of their 50th anniversary reunion, and further defined with specific criteria at their 60th in 2017, this bursary is granted to a second year student from Atlantic Canada.

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Clifford and Helena Oliver Bursaries

Bursary of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Visible Minority, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

The Clifford and Helena Oliver Bursaries, valued at $5,000 annually and renewable, providing a maximum of four years of support per recipient, will be directed in particular to Canadian students preferably from Atlantic Canada or Ontario with demonstrated financial need who have shown exceptionality through a combination of volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and character. One-third of the bursaries will be awarded to students from visible minority groups, particularly of African heritage.

Established in 2015 by The Joyce Foundation in honour of Ron Joyce’s friend, Senator Donald Oliver (’60), these bursaries memorialize Senator Oliver’s parents Clifford and Helena (White) Oliver, who built their lives around Acadia University as employees and friends to many students, faculty and community members.

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