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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C.R. Raefe Douthwaite Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The C.R. Raefe Douthwaite is awarded on a renewable basis to students in good academic standing who have graduated from a Nova Scotia high school and have financial need.

Raefe Douthwaire was a distinguished military and RCMP officer. This award has been generously established through an estate gift from his wife Jen M. Douthwaite to honour the memory of her late husband.

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Carl M. Ogilvie Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The Carl M. Ogilvie Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Kings County, Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance. The scholar-bursary was established in 1998 by Dr. Kelvin Ogilvie (Acadia '63) in memory of his father.

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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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Clarence R. Dunlap Scholar-Bursary


The Clarence R. Dunlap Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering or returning student on the basis of financial need and academic performance. The scholar-bursary is made possible through the generosity of Clarence R. Dunlap (CAS Acadia '26) of Victoria, BC.

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Class of 1962 Memorial Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The Class of 1962 Memorial Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to an entering student and a returning student in the Environmental and Sustainability (ESST) program who both aspire to a career in this field. Along with strong academic results and financial need, the recipients will have demonstrated an interest and commitment through activities/projects to sustain and protect the environment. The recipients will be chosen on the recommendation of the ESST Faculty Council.

These Scholar-Bursaries were established and made available through the generosity of the Class of 1962 as part of their 50th Reunion celebration, May 2012. They are dedicated to the memory of their classmates who have passed away since graduating from Acadia.

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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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