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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Bursary | Eligibility: Entering final Year
The Cathy Patton-Chisholm Memorial Bursary Award was established in 2019 by the Chisholm family. The recipient shall be a student in their graduating year of any program. The student must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.
Cathy Patton-Chisholm was a mature student who graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2002. She was very proud of her accomplishment, and firmly believed that everyone should have an education in order to build a solid foundation for their future. She greatly appreciated the help that Acadia gave her children during their time at Acadia, and because of her kind and helpful nature, wanted to make sure other students were taken care of in the same way.
The Chambers Memorial Bursary of $240, being the interest on a sum of money bequeathed as a memorial by the late Ellen D. Chambers in memory of her daughter, Annie E. Chambers, A.L.S., is to be awarded to a needy and deserving female student.
The Charity Maria and Samuel MacKeen Bursary An endowment yielding $200 has been given to the University by Mrs. Margaret Ann MacKeen MacKechnie (Acadia Ladies Seminary, 1896) in memory of her parents. The interest is to be used to provide aid to financially needy students.
The Charles Elmer Stevens Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a student who is in need of financial assistance. Preference will be given to a student from the Moncton, New Brunswick area. The bursary is made possible by an endowment received from the late Edna Doris Taylor of Halifax, Nova Scotia in memory of her late husband, Mr. Stevens (B.Sc. 1937) commemorating his fondness for Acadia University.
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Education
Established in 2014 by Elizabeth Fillmore Etter (Class of 1951) in honour of her father, Charles L. Fillmore (Class of 1925). To be granted to (an) undergraduate student(s) with demonstrated financial need in the School of Education. (Value: $1,000)
Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The CHARLES LEWIS RETTIE MEMORIAL BURSARIES are awarded annually to students from Colchester County, Nova Scotia.
These bursaries are made possible through a bequest from the estate of Charles Lewis Rettie (Acadia Class of ’33) of Bronx, New York.
On the occasion of their 50th and 60th anniversary reunions, the classes of 1968 and 1958 joined their class funds to establish an endowed bursary with is available to any full-time student in any program who demonstrates financial need.
The Class of 1932 Bursary was established in 1982 to provide assistance to needy students. Approximately $2720 is available annually from this fund.
The Class of 1939 Memorial Bursary is annually awarded to a needy student who is achieving at the scholarship level. Its value is at least $500. The Fund recognizes those members of the Class who have passed away, one of whom was the Life President, Ralph H. Fitch.
The Class of 1941 Bursary. From a fund contributed by the Class of 1941, a bursary of $40 is to be paid to a worthy and needy Arts or Science student in the senior year. It is hoped that such beneficiaries will return this grant as soon as possible in order that the principal sum may be replenished and maintained.
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.
The Class of 1947 Golden Anniversary Bursary is annually awarded to a mature student (25 years of age or older) in their first undergraduate degree who has completed at least one year of full-time study at Acadia with standing at the “B” (70%) level or above and who can demonstrate significant financial need. When deemed appropriate, the bursary may be equally divided between two worthy candidates. A recipient may be chosen for the same award in subsequent years. The bursary represents the goal of a long term project by members of the Class of 1947.
The Class of 1950 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 1950.
The Class of 1953 Bursary annually provides funding for needy students who are making satisfactory academic progress someone who achieves good results through hard work and dedication and needs financial help. The bursary was established in 1988 at the 35th reunion of the Class of '53.
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.
Bursary of up to $3,500
Established on the occasion of their 60th anniversary of graduation, the Class of 1956 Bursary, is to be distributed to a returning student in the second term of study.
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.
The Class of 1960 Bursary is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a son/daughter, grandson/granddaughter, or nephew/niece of a member of the Class of 1960.
The endowed bursary was established in 2008 through the generosity of the Class of 1960.
The Class of 1966 Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a son/daughter, a grandson/granddaughter, or a nephew/niece of a member of the Class of 1966. The endowed Bursary was established in 2005 through the generosity of the Class of 1966 in recognition of their classmates who are no longer with them.
Bursary | Eligibility: Current 4th year
The Class of 1969 Bursary of $1085 is provided by the Class of 1969 and made available to a needy student in the final year of a first degree program. Preference will be given to a full-time mature student.
Bursary of up to $1,000
Established in 2017 on the 40th anniversary of the class of 1977, this bursary is awarded to a third or fourth year Canadian student in any full-time program in recognition of financial need and future potential to exemplify the Acadia spirit. The recipient is hardworking, focused, socially engaged, committed to excellence in their pursuits, and determined to gain every possible benefit from an Acadia education and to use that education to make a difference in the world.
On the occasion of their 50th and 60th anniversary reunions, the classes of 1968 and 1958 joined their class funds to establish an endowed bursary which is available to any full-time student in any program who demonstrates financial need.
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.
The Constance Hayward Memorial Bursary provides financial support for needy students who are making satisfactory academic progress. Provision of this support reflects Ms. Hayward's lifelong interest in assisting worthy, needy students. Ms. Hayward (B.A. Acadia, 1927) was a specialist in international relations who served with the Federal Committee on Refugees from 1938 to 1948.