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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Scholarship of up to $225 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 2nd year
The D. F. Higgins Scholarship in Mathematics was established by the late Mr. George F. Higgins of Pasadena, California, in memory of his father, the late Professor D.F. Higgins of Acadia University. This scholarship will be awarded to that second year student who has made the highest average in mathematics during the first and second years and continues in mathematics during the junior and senior years.
Established in 2018 in memory of Daniel and Christine MacAskill, these bursaries are available to full-time students at the undergraduate or graduate level, domestic or international students. Daniel and Christine MacAskill were from Breton Cove in Cape Breton. Christine was a school teacher and Daniel was a fisherman.
The Daniel Rogers Fund. A gift by Mr. Daniel Rogers of Springhill provides $80 to be used to assist needy and deserving students.
Scholarship of up to $720 | Eligibility: Arts, Economics, History, Politics, Sociology, Current 3rd year
The Daniel S. Bezanson Scholarship was endowed by Miss Anne Bezanson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in memory of her brother, the late Mr. Daniel S. Bezanson, is to be awarded annually to a student entering the fourth year with a major in economics, sociology, history or political science. Selection is made by the Scholarship Committee from recommendations received from the departments concerned and is based on scholarship and need.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The David and Charlotte Haley Mathematics Scholarship. This scholarship honours the memory of Dr. K.D.C. Haley and his wife Charlotte. Dr. Haley was a member of the Mathematics Department from 1947 until 1980, and Head of the Department for most of that period. He had an outstanding reputation as a teacher and champion of student rights. The scholarships are awarded to mathematics majors on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry
Established in 2020 by alumni David and Ruth Anne (Morse) Nicholson, this bursary is available to students majoring in Biology, Business, or Chemistry in recognition of financial need. The bursary will be granted to a student in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and the F.C. Manning School of Business in alternating years. Each bursary will be valued annually based on investment returns and the recommendation of the Board of Governors’ Investment Committee.
Ruth Anne Morse, daughter of professor Dr. Norman Morse (’40,’42), met David Nicholson at Acadia while she was studying science and he, business. David received a Bachelor of Commerce in 1965 and Ruth Anne a Bachelor of Science in 1966. After their marriage in the Acadia Chapel in 1967, they resided in Ontario, David’s home province, where David continued his studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968. Having raised their family and operated a business for thirty years in Ontario, they retired to Nova Scotia in 2000. With her long-standing family ties and their fond memories and appreciation of the unique Acadia environment, Ruth Anne and David wish to give back to the university in the form of this bursary.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry
The DAVID AND SHIRLEY MCEWEN SCHOLAR-BURSARY will be awarded annually to an entering or returning student in the Faculty of Science at Acadia University on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students majoring in Chemistry.
This scholar-bursary has been funded by Dr. David J. McEwen (BSCH Acadia, 1952; PhD Purdue, 1957).
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The David Cartwright and Cyril Coldwell Memorial Award is provided annually through the generosity of the International Union of Game Biologists XXI Congress, to a student completing research in the field of sustainable use of wildlife. Recipients will be chosen on the basis of the quality and importance of the proposed research as well as their enthusiasm, commitment and broad abilities in wildlife management. The award is dedicated to the memory of David Cartwright and Cyril Coldwell, two unselfish mentors who nurtured many budding wildlife biologists.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Business Administration
Established in 2014 by The Honourable David D. Smith ’66, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick. To be awarded annually to a student in the Manning School of Business or the Faculty of Arts, with preference to a student who has contributed to the campus and/or community through volunteerism, leadership in residence life, and/or student government.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The DAVID GEORGE AND MARGARET EVELYN BURCHELL SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded annually to two students attending Acadia University. Preference is given to students from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Burchell (BA, Acadia,1931) in memory of her late husband, Mr. David George Burchell.
Established in 2019 by David and Patricia Hastings, this award recognizes a member of the Axemen varsity hockey team, preferably a goaltender.
David Hastings graduated from Acadia in 1974 with a BBA and had a career in the oil and gas industry for 35 years as a senior manager and is a FCPA, FCMA and CPFA. A longtime member of Acadia’s Board of Governors and Business School Advisory Board, David’s other Acadia commitment was as goaltender of the Axemen (70-74) before being drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. He is President of the Class of 1974 and a Hockey Honour Roll inductee in 2008.
The David Ritcey and Judith A. Dunbar Bursary, established in 2018 by David Ritcey (BA Political Science, Acadia 1974); MPA Public Administration, University of Victoria 1976) and Judith Dunbar (B. Ed., University of Victoria 1979; M. Ed., York University 1992), will be funded through an estate gift. David and Judy met and married at Acadia University. They worked in Saskatchewan, Toronto, Miami Beach, with David's IBM assignments in Melbourne Australia, Dusseldorf Germany, and Johannesburg South Africa, before retiring to Charleston, South Carolina.
This Bursary is granted on a renewable basis to students who are the first in their immediate family to attend university and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to single parents or Indigenous students. David and Judy intend to support and encourage students who come from socially/economically challenged backgrounds so that they have full opportunity to secure post-secondary education.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics
The David Ryan Memorial Scholarship was established by friends and family of David Charles Ryan (B.Sc. Acadia, 1975) in recognition of his many contributions as a friend, colleague and athlete. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has achieved at least B level academic standing, displays excellent character, and has represented the University in an intercollegiate athletic activity.
Award of up to $195 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 2nd year
The David Vernon Memorial Award is granted annually to a second year student enrolled in the School of Music, or this may be for $100 to each of two students. The award is based on participation in the Music Club activities during the students first year, academic standing and financial need.
Scholarship of up to $2,500 | Eligibility: Economics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering final Year
Established in 2020 by David Davidson ’71 and family. To be awarded to a returning full-time female student majoring in Economics in recognition of scholastic achievement and preferably demonstrating financial need. Value: two awards, up to $2,500 each.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Davis Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Awards will be given to well-rounded students from Nova Scotia, with preference given to students from western Nova Scotia.
The scholar-bursary has been funded in memory of Samuel Bancroft Davis (BA Acadia 1930) and his wife Orris Mary Fillmore (Class of 1938 Acadia). “Banny”, born in Yarmouth, and Orris, originally from Moncton, were both devoted supporters of Acadia University.
Scholarship of up to $1,015 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Pre-Med, Current 4th year
The Deacon George Thomas Scholarship endowed by Harold Thomas, M.D. (B.A. Acadia, 1910), is to be awarded to "a worthy student of the University intent on a career in medicine."
Bursary | Eligibility: Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Dean and Marie Trimper Bursary is awarded annually to entering or returning students who have demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance. Preference will be given to students from in or around Clementsvale, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. This bursary is made possible through a bequest received from the late Dean Milton Trimper (Horton Academy 1946) of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Bursary | Eligibility: Applied Science
The Deane (McCain) and Bill Westaway Bursary is available to a mature student with preference given to a single parent registered in the faculty of Pure and Applied Science. The candidate will have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study at Acadia. The Westaways are graduates of the Classes of 1947 and 1948 respectively.
Deans' List Scholarships are annually provided for Deans' Scholars who do not already receive full funding from government or other public or private agencies and subject to a ceiling set from time to time by the Scholarship, Prizes and Awards Committee. A minimum amount of funding per scholar is not, however, guaranteed, since the funds available vary from year to year. Each student receiving scholarship support is advised in writing from the Office of Admissions and Student Assistance.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
The Dennis H. Covill Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to entering or returning students in the Faculty of Science (Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics & Statistics, Nutrition & Dietetics, or Physics) with preference given to students in Environmental Science or having a large component of their studies in this area. The award is made on the basis of financial need and academic performance, with preference given to students graduating from a high school in the Atlantic Provinces. The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Mr. Dennis H. Covill.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, English
The Department of English Honours Thesis Prize is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the English Department, to the graduating student who has submitted the best Honours Thesis.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts
The DeWolfe Memorial Bursary ($215) was endowed in 1991 by John B. DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, '46; LL.B. Dalhousie, '49) in memory of family members who were long associated with Acadia: Henry Todd DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1899; D.D., 1909; LL.D., 1925); Rev. Herbert Eaton DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1914); Prof. Edgar Lawrence DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1924; B.E., N.S. Tech., 1933). The bursary is available to a needy student in an Arts program.
The Diefenbaker Medals and Awards for Debating. The late Honourable John G. Diefenbaker made a substantial gift to the University to provide a gold medal and a silver medal to the first and second place debaters to be chosen by the University Debating Committee. The Board of Governors has also approved an award of $900 to go with the gold medal, $600 with the silver medal, and $250 each to the two runners up.
Award of up to $1,650 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music
The Doctor Don Wright Awards in Music were permanently established in December 1979 by Dr. Don Wright of Toronto, an eminent Canadian musician and scholar. There are two annual awards of $1650 each; one in practical instrumental arranging, the other in vocal music education.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Dominion Trust Scholarship in Business (Finance) was established in 1989 and is annually awarded to an exceptional third or fourth year BBA student who has acquired an aptitude for, and developed a keen interest in finance.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2018 by John Saunders, Axemen Hockey 1976-1980, is in memory of Don Wells, varsity men’s hockey coach from 1966 to 1986. To be awarded to a returning men’s hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,300 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Education, History
Established in 2019 through a generous gift from the Estate of Donald Hall, the Donald and Evelyn Hall Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to continuing full-time students, two in the Education program and one in the History program, in recognition of academic achievement and financial need. Student receiving an award are eligible for consideration in subsequent years of their program. Value: up to $1,300.
Research Studentship of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Statistics, Pursuing a Summer Research Project
Established in 2019 through a generous gift from the Estate of Donald Hall, the Donald and Evelyn Hall Science Research Studentships are awarded annually to a continuing full-time student pursuing a summer research project in the following programs in alternating years: Engineering and Mathematics. One Hall Research Studentship will be awarded each year. Value: up to $5,000.
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Donald F. Reed Finance Award is awarded annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Preference will be given to those entering their third or fourth year of undergraduate study, majoring in Finance, who displays financial need and leadership qualities, through involvement in extra-curricular and/or community activities. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the Fred C. Manning School of Business and the school’s awards committee. This Award was established and made available through the generosity of Donald F. Reed (BCO, Acadia, 1966, Acadia Board of Governor’s) who wished to provide a gift that would have a meaningful impact on the educational development of Acadia Business students in need.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Established in 2020 by the Stairs family to honour their father. To be awarded to a returning varsity men’s hockey player who exemplifies leadership qualities on their respective team and in the community, as well as excelling in perseverance, dedication, and sportsmanship. Preference shall be given to a hockey athlete from Atlantic Canada. The recipients shall be in good academic standing and shall be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the men’s hockey program.
This award honours Donald G. Stairs (‘44) who played for the varsity hockey Axemen, as well as the Acadia varsity men’s rugby team. Don was a two-time winner of the Orley Bligh Trophy during his four year varsity career, plus later in life he was made an Acadia Hockey Honour Roll inductee.
Award of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established anonymously in 2018, the award is in honour of Don Callbeck '51, member of the hockey Axemen from 1949 to 1951. To be awarded to a returning men's hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men's hockey team and the Director of Athletics.
To be awarded to a returning female or male leader student-athlete. The athlete must show team leadership, community involvement, and is in good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics. Donna graduated in 1990 with a degree in Recreation Management. After a few assistant management- leadership positions and work in the fitness industry, she entered the world of real estate. She has been recognized as an award-winning Realtor since 1992, continuing to focus on marketing and community development. Donna has established a positive reputation in the Annapolis Valley and beyond for her dedication to supporting community organizations and her clients. Donna credits her professor’s years at Acadia University for inspiring her to always keep working hard and growing her business.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Arts
Established by Doreen Bennett, of the class of 1947. The scholar-bursary will be awarded each year according to the following guidelines:
• Given to any student entering or returning to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts, with preference given to those students including religious studies in their program;
• Preference will be given to all round female students from the Maritimes, who have demonstrated their interest in community activities, have a sound character and qualities of good citizenship.
The Doris Curry Bursary was endowed in 1984 by Mrs. Doris Curry of Ottawa, Ontario. The income is to be used to assist a continuing undergraduate student who has completed at least one semester at the University with good academic standing. The bursary shall be awarded on the basis of academic performance and financial need to a student who is not in receipt of other University scholarship or bursary support.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Pursuing an Honours Research Project
Established in 2020 by Doris Fraser Hiltz (’51, ’52), this award is designed to support the unique research work of Acadia’s most promising undergraduate Honours students in Chemistry. It will be awarded during the summer prior to the final honours year in recognition of the recipient’s Chemistry thesis proposal.
Doris Fraser grew up in New Glasgow, majored in Chemistry and played violin at Acadia. She earned a BSc (1951) and a BEd (1952) and went on to a full lab career with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada in Halifax where she met her husband. Raymond Hiltz was an oceanographic researcher who worked for many years at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography until they retired to New Glasgow where Doris continues to play violin in an orchestra and a trio.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2020 by Dorothy Walker Robbins. To be awarded to a returning female basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country or swimming varsity athlete. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum 3.50 GPA, and present strong leadership qualities in the university and community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the female varsity athletic program.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Art, Music, Theatre, Nova Scotia
Endowed in memory of John Oyler’s mother, the Dorothy Harris Oyler Bursary is available on an annual basis to full-time students in theatre, music or visual arts, who demonstrate financial need, with a preference for those from the Annapolis Valley (Hants, Kings, Annapolis, Digby Counties) and Lunenberg County.
Dorothy Harris was born in 1909 and grew up in Wolfville, graduating from Acadia in 1931 with a BA in English. Dorothy’s son, John Oyler (’59) established the bursary in her memory, honouring subject areas important to both of them, recognizing the value of the arts in education and everyday life.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Douglas (Red) Fraser Award is presented on recommendation of the Director of Athletics, to a returning hockey player with good academic standing who best exemplifies the qualities of sporting behaviour and leadership. Douglas (Red) Fraser graduated in 1948 with an Engineering Diploma and received his B.Sc. in 1954. He was a well known athlete both as a hockey player and a golfer. He was inducted into Acadia's Hockey Honour Roll in 1984.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Divinity
The Douglas A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually, on recommendation of the Acadia Divinity College, to a needy full time student in a Masters program in Theological Education who shows character, promise of leadership and the desire to pursue a career in the Christian ministry.
The scholarship was established by the Class of 1948 in memory of their Life President, Douglas A. Wilson (BA Acadia 1948; D.D) who served as a Presbyterian minister for forty-one years before he passed away in October 1992. While a student at Acadia, he served his class and the larger community with dedication and distinction – attributes which were part of his natural character and personality, and endeared him to his classmates, and a legion of friends and parishioners.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Douglas and Frances Snow Scholarship in mathematics, provided through the generosity of the Snows, is awarded to a third or fourth year mathematics major on recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics.
Dr. Douglas Snow (BSc Acadia, 1943; MA 1946; MSc Brown, 1952; PhD Queen's 1956) spent his career in the classrooms of academies and universities of the region and joined the staff of the mathematics department at Acadia in 1947, retiring in 1983. Frances Snow (BA Acadia, 1952; MEd Acadia, 1966) spent her career as a teacher in Yarmouth and Wolfville.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Douglas and Patricia Armstrong Award is presented annually to an incoming student in financial need from Nova Scotia, preferably from Kings County.
The award was established in 2021 by Douglas and Patricia Armstrong’s children in honour of their parents’ love of, and dedicate to, Acadia University. Douglas, a proud graduate of Horton Academy (’44), studied engineering at Acadia and was a versatile athlete, competing on all three for the Rugby, Track & Field, and Hockey teams. Pat Nancy Armstrong, nee Fraser, had a love of the arts, started 1st year studies for a BA and found time to compete on the Freshette Swim Team. Doug and Pat met at Acadia, then Pat went on to study nursing in Halifax. They married, raised five daughters while Doug ran a successful business in Kingston, NS. They were very proud to be part of the Acadia family, valued education, and helping others. It is the family’s hope that this award will support local students in pursuit of their academic goals and endeavours.
Prize | Eligibility: History
The Dr. A. H. MacLean Prize in History is annually awarded on nomination by the Head of the History Department to the graduating honours student who has submitted the best Honours thesis. The prize honours the memory of Dr. A. Harry MacLean who was Head of the History Department from 1960 to 1980 and Dean of Arts from 1966 to 1975.
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Kinesiology, Current 4th year
The Dr. Alex Wright Memorial Award is awarded annually to a graduating student from each of the Kinesiology and Community Development programs who best exemplify energy and enthusiasm for learning, coupled with inquiring minds, and who demonstrate creative thinking, analytical reasoning, and effective communication skills. The award was established in 1997 in memory of Dr. Alex Wright by his graduating students, staff, friends and family.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Dr. Allister Irwin MacDonald Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually on recommendation of the English Department to a student entering the second or subsequent year of the Bachelor of Arts program, majoring or honouring in English. The award will be made to students with demonstrated financial need who are achieving a high academic standard and have a marked passion for English literature. At the discretion of the Department, the scholar-bursary may be divided between two students and may be renewed.
The scholar-bursary was established through the estate of Dr. Allister Irwin MacDonald, a scholar and Professor of English at Acadia, as a dedication to his immediate family – his parents Daniel and Ella MacDonald, and his five brothers; Samuel William, James Maxwell, Henry Burns, (Rev. Dr.) Donald Crockett and (Rev.) Joseph Richardson.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Kinesiology, Current 1st year, International student
The Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernest Barss Bursaries. These have been endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernest Barss of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and provide $573 to each of four first year students from the United States on the grounds of sporting behaviour, leadership, academic standing and need. The awards are to be made by the Bursary Committee on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Kinesiology and the Head of the Department of Community Development.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology
Established in 2021, the Dr. Anna Redden Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding Biology honours student, preferably conducting research in coastal ecology. In support of equity, diversity and inclusion, a student of an underrepresented group demonstrating financial need will be considered first.
A three-time Acadia graduate, Dr. Anna Redden completed her studies with a PhD from Memorial University and began her teaching and research career at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. Since 2005, Anna has been a member of Acadia’s Biology faculty, and as Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research and the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute has worked on a broad range of environmental issues and effects monitoring in coastal waters. Anna’s research activities with students have been focused largely on understanding coastal ecosystem productivity, tracking animal movements in high flow environments, and assessing potential effects of tidal energy development in the Bay of Fundy. As Associate Vice-President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Acadia, Dr. Redden is a tireless advocate for faculty and student research across the Acadia campus. As Associate Vice-President Research and Dean of Graduate Studies at Acadia, Dr. Redden is a tireless advocate for faculty and student research across the Acadia campus.
Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics
The Dr. Avery deWitt Bursary is awarded annually to a varsity athlete with an interest in the study of medicine or health professions. Students must be enrolled in the Faculty of Science else the Kinesiology program. The bursary was established by family, friends, alumni and colleagues in memory of Dr. Avery deWitt (BA Acadia 1904; MD, CM McGill 1909) who served as University Physician from 1919 to 1956.
The Dr. Barry H. Burgess Scholarship. A scholarship of $470 has been endowed by Miss Helen M. Burgess as a memorial to her brother. The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student who has high academic standing.
Award of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2021 by Blair Jarrett. To be awarded to a returning men’s varsity hockey athlete who demonstrates leadership qualities on and off the ice and is in good academic standing in Health Sciences or Kinesiology. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with Head Coach of the men’s varsity hockey program. The inaugural disbursement of funds will be for the 2021-22 academic year.
Blair was born and raised in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and recruited to Acadia after playing four years in the Ontario Hockey League. He was a member of the 2006 AUS championship team in his rookie season as a hockey Axemen, 4-time Academic All-Canadian with a BSc in Biology and Kinesiology, Athletic Therapy Program graduate, S.M.I.L.E. program volunteer and recipient of the George Wilbert Cox medal. Blair is now a practicing family physician and attributes his academic and athletic experiences at Acadia as being the integral foundation to his career in medicine.
Value: $3,000 annually
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics
The Dr. Dawson G. Fulton Mathematics Bursary is awarded annually, on the basis of financial need, to a returning student in a Bachelor of Science degree program who has declared a major in Mathematics and Statistics. This award was established by the family of Dr. Dawson G. Fulton (Acadia ’29) as a memorial to their father.
The Dr. Donald Darrach Bursary was established by Mrs. J. F. MacNeill (Acadia Ladies Sem. 1902) of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, as a memorial to her father, Dr. Donald Darrach. The bursary provides the sum of $80 to be used to assist students, preferably from Prince Edward Island.
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics
Established in 2017 by Dr. Robert Hiscott in memory of Dr. Eleanor Chu (’80, ’81), this scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students of high academic standing enrolled in a Mathematics or Physics degree program.
Born in 1950 in Taiwan, Eleanor Chu received her BSc in Agricultural Chemistry (1973) from the National Taiwan University. She then pursued studies in Physics and Mathematics at Acadia, earning a BSc (’80) and a MSc in Mathematics (’81). Further graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo saw her receive a MMath (1984) and PhD (1988). Dr. Chu’s academic career began at the University of Waterloo (1988-1991) and continued at the University of Guelph (1991-2008) where she was promoted to Full Professor in 2001.
Dr. Chu was particularly grateful and appreciative for the wonderful, inspiring mentorship received from the faculty of Acadia University, especially Professor Fred Chipman who introduced her to the field of numerical analysis and supervised her MSc thesis
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 2nd year
The Dr. Ernest Hayes International Student Scholarship is awarded annually to the most promising international student entering the second year of a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) program.
The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Dr. Abdullah K Kirumira in recognition of Dr. Hayes’ notable encouragement of international students studying chemistry; particularly those from developing countries.
Research Fellowship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering final Year
Established in 2021 by Phyllis Hayes in memory of her husband, Dr. Ernest Hayes, this fellowship is awarded to a student entering their final year of a chemistry program in recognition of their joint research with an Acadia professor. Intended to encourage and support an outstanding chemistry students, the fellowship will also assist the student in acquiring other research grants.
Dr. Ernest Hayes graduated from Acadia with an honours BSc degree in 1948 and an engineering certificate in 1949. He obtained an MSc from Dalhousie University in 1951 and a PhD in organic chemistry from McMaster University in 1958. He also did postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Mellon University. . He became Head of Acadia’s Chemistry Department in 1975 where he remained until his early death in 1992. Much of his teaching was in the first year and introductory organic chemistry classes where his kindness and patience made him extremely popular with his students.
Scholarship of up to $1,800 | Eligibility: Arts, History
The Dr. Esther Isabel Clark Wright Scholarships were provided for in the Estate of Dr. Wright in 1990. They are awarded annually to superior in course students in the Faculty of Arts with a preference given to students majoring in History on recommendation of the Dean of Arts. Dr. Wright (B.A. Acadia, 1916; Ph.D., Radcliffe Harvard, '31) was the noted author of many works, articles and essays. She taught Sociology at Acadia from 1943 to 1947. Acadia awarded her an honourary degree in 1975. In 1988 the lounge in Chase Court was named in her honour and the Esther Clark Wright Archives were opened.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
Awarded annually to continuing undergraduate students majoring in biology on recommendation of the Department. Recipients may hold the scholarships for more than one year. Dr. Archibald graduated Bachelor of Science Acadia, 1919.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Dr. Frank H. Eaton Award was established in memory of the Rev. Dr. Frank H. Eaton, outstanding alumnus and long time member of the Senate and Board of Governors of Acadia University. The award is given on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a student entering their second, third or fourth year of undergraduate study at Acadia University who has given evidence of good academic achievement and leadership and has participated in varsity intercollegiate sport.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 2nd year
The Dr. George Claude Hicks Scholarship in Biology donated by Mrs. Erma F. Hicks in memory of her husband, the late Dr. George Claude Hicks (Acadia, '22), is to be awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Biology to a worthy student who has completed the second year of a program leading to a degree with a major in biology.
The Dr. H. G. and Clara Stenderson Bursary. An amount of $160 is to be awarded annually to a needy and worthy student regardless of race, colour or creed.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Entering first year
The Dr. Harvey E. Crowell Scholarship of $960 is awarded each year as a renewable entrance scholarship to a student entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. It has been provided through a legacy from the late Dr. Harvey E. Crowell (D.C.L. Acadia, 1956), a generous friend and Chairman of the Board, 1959 1973.
The Dr. Helen Holden Quinlan Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a needy student performing at a satisfactory academic level. Dr. Quinlan, a dedicated specialist in internal medicine, received an honourary degree from Acadia University in 1979.
Prize | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Kinesiology, Current 4th year
The Dr. Hugh A. Noble Prize in Kinesiology was donated by Dr. Hugh A. Noble to be awarded on the recommendation of the School of Kinesiology to an outstanding member in the graduating class who has demonstrated high academic ability, citizenship and sporting behaviour throughout their years of study.
Prize | Eligibility: Athletics
The Dr. J. Arnold Noble Memorial Prize is annually awarded, on recommendation of the Director of Athletics, to a superior senior student athlete who combines academic excellence and outstanding athletic performance in either basketball or football. The scholarship was established by Mrs. Carolyn Noble, B.A. (Acadia '25), her family and friends, in memory of her husband, Dr. J. Arnold Noble, B.A. (Acadia '26), M.B.Ch.B., F.R.C.S. (Edinburgh), F.R.C.S (Canada), O.B.E.
Scholarship of up to $2,500 | Application deadline: April 15, 2013 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year
Two scholarships provided by the Grace Beardsley Trust Fund, are awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Biology to students in the Honours in Biology program. The scholarships are awarded at the end of the third year and are intended to enable the recipients to participate in a summer research program that will form the basis of their Honours theses. If in any year either scholarship is not awarded to an Honours student, it may be awarded to a student enrolled in the Masters program in Biology. Letters of application are to be submitted to the Head of the Department of Biology by March 15 of each year.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Kinesiology, Current 3rd year
The Dr. Jim MacLeod Scholarship in Kinesiology is awarded annually to a student entering their graduating year at Acadia in the Sport Injury Assessment and Management area within the Bachelor of Kinesiology program. The recipient will be chosen based on equal consideration of an individual who demonstrates energy and enthusiasm for learning, coupled with high academic achievement, effective communication skills and a genuine interest in the well being of those around them, inside and outside the academic setting. The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee, chaired by the Director of the School of Kinesiology.
This scholarship was established in September of 2006 to honor Dr. Jim MacLeod, Acadia Professor and Head Athletic Therapist, by his graduating students within the Sports Injury Assessment and Management area of the program.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Dr. Lalia B. Chase Scholarships. Renewable entrance scholarships valued at $1500 (5), $1200 (1), $1000 (1), and $500 (1) and a non renewable scholarship valued at $500 have been established by the Estate of Dr. Lalia Barclay Chase (B.A. Acadia, 1918; M.D., C.M. Dalhousie, 1924) of Port Williams, Nova Scotia.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Dr. Leverett DeV. Chipman Scholarships, provided for from the Estate of Dr. L. DeV. Chipman (B.A. Acadia, 1903), are available each year as in-course support for superior academic students who have completed at least one year at Acadia. One must be awarded to a music student majoring in piano or violin.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Business Administration, Economics
The Dr. Maurice Tugwell Bursary will be awarded annually to Acadia University students from the Department of Economics and/or the Manning School of Business Administration demonstrating financial need. Preference will be given to students displaying the following characteristics:
• strong leadership qualities, as demonstrated through community service and extracurricular activities;
• well-rounded, as demonstrated by good citizenship on campus and fostering a welcoming environment for fellow members of the Acadia community; and
• commitment to academic achievement, as demonstrated by a strong work ethic and satisfactory academic performance.
The bursary was established in 2019 and made possible through the generosity of Dr. Maurice Tugwell and alumni and friends. Dr. Tugwell was a beloved Acadia professor to over 13,000 students during his 35 years at Acadia (1972-2007). A larger-than-life figure on campus, Dr. Tugwell embodied the Acadia experience and lifted the spirts of all students, either in his classroom or through a chance encounter on campus. Dr. Tugwell was repeatedly recognized for his accomplishments at Acadia, most notably through the Acadia Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award, the Acadia Students’ Union “Most Wanted” Teacher Recognition Award, and the Atlantic Universities’ Distinguished Teacher Award, to name a few. Dr. Tugwell left an indelible mark on the Acadia campus and it is the hope that this endowed Bursary will continue to do the same for students in need for generations to come
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Dr. Muriel V. Roscoe Memorial Scholarship in Biology is awarded on recommendation of the Department of Biology to a student in a science degree program. Preference will be given to a botany student who is working towards an Honours or Masters degree in Biology. The scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Muriel V. Roscoe (BA '18, Hon '48) an eminent scholar and educator who influenced successive generations to major scientific accomplishments. Dr. Roscoe taught in the Biology Department at Acadia for 14 years beginning in 1926 and later joined the Botany Department at McGill University where she served as chair for many years.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 4th year, Graduate
The Dr. Robert Graeme Boutilier Memorial Research Award is awarded annually on recommendation of the Biology Department to support an honours summer research student in Biology. Preference will be given to students attending the Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. If in any year the award is not provided to an Honours student, it can be awarded to a student enrolled in the Masters program in Biology.
This award has been established by Mrs. Brenda Rainnie as a tribute to her brother, Dr. Robert Graeme Boutilier (BSCH, MSC Acadia, 1976, 1978; Ph.D. East Anglia 1982; DSC Acadia 1996).
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Dr. Rosemary Therese and Stephen A. Holton Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student majoring in English on the basis of financial need and academic performance. The award was established in 2003 by the late Stephen A. Holton in memory of Dr. Rosemary Therese Holton.
The Dr. Vernon B. Rhodenizer Memorial Bursary was endowed by Percy E. MacKay (Ex. '23 '25) in memory of Dr. Rhodenizer (Head of English Department, 1918 1954) to be awarded to a deserving and needy student majoring in English.
The Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarship "B" is a renewable scholarship of $950 established by the late Dr. Rhodenizer (Head of English Department, 1918 1954) to be awarded to an undergraduate student without reference to field of study.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarships "A" (Class of 1928). Three Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarships in the amount of $1975 each (renewable for up to three years) were initiated by the Class of 1928 and supplemented by gifts from Dr. Rhodenizer's honours and graduate students to be awarded to a student or students pursuing a course of studies leading to a certificate or a Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, applied science or business administration. The two main factors to be considered by the University scholarship committee in making these awards are proficiency in English and general academic excellence.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year
The Dr. Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon Scholarships are annually awarded to students in the second year of the Bachelor of Education degree program who are academically superior and demonstrate excellence in leadership and professional promise. Selection is made by faculty members of the School of Education. The scholarships are endowed by Dr. McCutcheon (Bsc. (Agr.) McGill, '42; B.Sc. Sir George Williams; '43; B.A., do., '44; B.Ed., Acadia, '46; M.S.A. Tor. '48; Ed.D. Cornell '51; D.Ed. Brandon '89; F.C.C.T.).
Award | Eligibility: Sociology, Current 4th year
An annual award given to a fourth-year honours sociology student who is selected by sociology faculty, as demonstrating characteristics central to Dr Abramson's academic and personal philosophy. This includes actively contributing to the Acadia community, the Wolfville community, and the broader sociology community through advocacy and/or academics. In particular, contributing in the areas of feminism, women and gender studies, applied research, and/or archival research.
Dr. Zelda Abramson is a brilliant academic, a passionate advocate, and an unwaveringly generous mentor. Zelda profoundly impacted the lives of students, staff, and faculty during her Acadia tenure where she served as an associate professor and head of the Department of Sociology
Zelda is an accomplished academic and a public sociologist. She fought tirelessly to make Wolfville a safer, more inclusive community. Zelda's academic interests include feminism, health, women and gender studies, applied qualitative and quantitative research, and archival research. One of Zelda's most outstanding works is her book, MONTREAL SHTETL: Making Home after the Holocaust, written with her partner John Lynch. This book details the less than glamorous realities of the survivors of the Holocaust who settled in Montreal, a topic dear to Zelda as this is how she and her family arrived in Canada.
Zelda cared deeply about her students. She generously opened her office and home and was always available to give feedback or teach how to make fresh challah bread and hummus. Zelda's unwavering support shaped a generation of academics and advocates. Through this award, Zelda will be able to continue to support generations of Acadia students wherever life takes her. The profound impact Zelda had on the lives of the staff, students and faculty of Acadia can never be reflected by any award, but her contribution to Acadia will forever be cherished and celebrated.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2017 by three Acadia friends, the Dream Chaser Change Maker Award, is awarded annually to an outstanding student who embodies the Acadia spirit. This student embraces everything an education can offer by ambitiously supporting social and or environmental change in their local community or around the world. Having overcome adversity in their own lives, they give back to society and community through active volunteerism. The recipient will be awarded funding for their own education; to chase their dreams, as well as an opportunity to ignite change with funds donated to their choice of UNICEF education programs in developing countries.
Niluka Kottegoda (’03) created the Dream Chaser Change Maker concept to help improve accessibility to education both in Canada and around the world. Close friends Chantal Pelham-Edwards (’03) and Laura Rutherford Watt (’02, ’04) enthusiastically joined the effort. As recipients of awards at Acadia, they wanted to give back to their alma mater and reward students who have qualities most meaningful to their Acadia experience. Niluka, a Vice President at Sobeys Inc., recently completed her Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA based in Toronto. Chantal holds a BA in Political Science from Acadia and is Principal of Third Sector Enhancement Ltd. Laura graduated from Acadia with a BSc (Math) and a BEd and currently is teaching Secondary Mathematics and Science in Calgary.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Politics, Current 2nd year
The Duncan Grant Lovat Fraser Scholarship in Political Science was established in honour of D.G.L. Fraser (B.A., M.A. Acadia, '48, '49; C.D.), former Head and long time member of the Department of Political Science, by his friends, colleagues and former students. The award is made annually to the top student entering year three in the political science program.