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.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2018 in memory of Daniel and Christine MacAskill, these bursaries are available to full-time science majors 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.
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 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."
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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).
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.
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.