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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Cecil H. and Elizabeth C. Kennedy Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Latin, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Cecil H. and Elizabeth C. Kennedy Memorial Scholarships. Several scholarships to a total value of $10,425 are awarded annually to students entering their second or subsequent year in the Bachelor of Arts program who in the previous year have attained a high overall average and first­class standing in either Greek or Latin. In years when there is an insufficient number of candidates who meet all criteria for the award, the scholarships may be awarded to other meritorious students in the Faculty of Arts on the recommendation of the Dean.

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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 Ronald Gower Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Charles Ronald Gower Memorial Award is available annually to a deserving student in the physical sciences. The endowment was provided from the estate of Harriet Agnes (Allen) Gower 1898­1988, whose husband Charles Ronald Gower, and daughter Mary Carolyn Gower, graduated from Acadia in 1929 and 1960 respectively.

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Charles Woodbury Williams Scholarship in English

Scholarship of up to $730 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Charles Woodbury Williams Scholarship in English of the value of $730 is to be awarded at the discretion of the English Department. Normally priority will be given to an honours student of outstanding ability, but failing such, the scholarship may be awarded to a major student of exceptional promise.

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Charlotte Burditt Sutherland Memorial Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year

The Charlotte Burditt Sutherland Memorial Scholarships are awarded annually. One will be given on recommendation of the Director of the School of Education to a superior student who aspires to a career in special education. Preference will be given to a student with financial need. One will be given at the discretion of the Scholarship, Prizes and Awards Committee to an entering student, including an applicant entering as a mature student.The two scholarships are in memory of Charlotte Burditt Sutherland (B.A. Acadia, 1961; B.Ed., 1962), who by her involvement with Acadia University and her concern for people, showed a lifetime commitment to disadvantaged members of society. The scholarships were established and made available through the generosity of family, friends and the Class of 1961.

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Chester W. Small Scholarship in Chemistry

Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year

The Chester W. Small Scholarship in Chemistry is provided by alumni, students and friends of Dr. Small who was a member of the Chemistry Department from 1926 to 1966 and Head from 1957 to 1966. It is awarded annually on recommendation of the Department to a student entering third or fourth year of undergraduate study in the B.Sc. in Chemistry and who has completed with distinction twelve hours of study in chemistry at the 2000 level or above in the previous year.

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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 '64 Kirkconnell Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Current 2nd year

The Class of '64 Kirkconnell Scholarship was established in 2014 on the 50th anniversary of the Class of 1964 and in memory of their honorary class member Dr. Watson Kirkconnell, President of Acadia University 1948-1964. Awarded to a returning full-time student in any program in recognition of academic excellence and financial need. This scholarship is an amalgamation of the former Class of ’64 Scholarship and the Kirkconnell Scholarship.

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Class of '67 Memorial Scholarship

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

The Class of '67 Memorial Scholarship is currently awarded each year to a superior student in the second or subsequent year of a baccalaureate program, in memory of deceased members of the class.

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Class of 1905 Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Current 2nd year

The Class of 1905 Scholarship. The Class of 1905 has established an annual scholarship of $80 to be awarded to the second year student in Arts who has made the highest average in the first year.

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Class of 1907 Essay Prize

Prize of up to $40 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Class of 1907 Essay Prize. The Class of 1907, by an endowed gift, has established an essay prize of the annual value of $40. This prize will be awarded each year to the student enrolled in English 1006 in the winter session who, in the opinion of the Department of English, has written the best regularly required class essay.

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Class of 1919 Music Award

Award of up to $1,030 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Class of 1919 Music Award. This award will be made on recommendation of the music faculty to a student in the School of Music whose work indicates musical promise. The value of the award will depend on the funds available, and it is to be used to further the students' musical education.

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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 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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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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Class of 1969 Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Current 2nd year

The Class of 1969 Memorial Scholarship, established by the Class of 1969 in memory of their deceased class members, is awarded annually to a second-year student based on academic achievement who is not in receipt of other university scholarship support.

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Class of 1976 Scholarship

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

The Class of 1976 Scholarship ($945) was established on the occasion of the tenth Class anniversary and is awarded annually to a superior needy student in year two, three or four who has little or no other University financing.

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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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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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