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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David D. Smith Scholarship

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.

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David Vernon Memorial Award

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.

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DHX Media Awards

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration

Established in 2016 by DHX Media, these awards are granted annually to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration who have a demonstrated interest in the creative arts – music, visual art, theatre, dance, film or digital media. In recognition of academic success and with a preference for students who may have financial need, one award will be granted to a student majoring in Finance or Accounting and the second to a student who is female and/or a member of a visible minority group.

DHX Media is a Canadian media production, distribution and broadcasting company, which was established in 2006. A key player internationally in the creation of content for children and families, the company is the largest independent owner of children’s television programming in the industry. DHX CEO is Acadia alumnus Dana Landry (BBA ’93) and Mark Simpson (BBA ’00) is Director of Finance.

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Doctor Don Wright Awards in Music

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.

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Dominion Trust Scholarship in Business (Finance)

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.

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Donald and Evelyn Hall Scholar-Bursaries

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.

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Donald F. Reed Finance Award

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.

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Dr. Alex Wright Memorial Award

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.

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Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernest Barss Bursaries

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.

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Dr. Harvey E. Crowell Scholarship

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.

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Dr. Hugh A. Noble Prize in Kinesiology

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.

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Dr. Jim MacLeod Scholarship in Kinesiology

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.

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Dr. Leverett DeV. Chipman Scholarships

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.

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Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarships "A" (Class of 1928)

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.

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Dr. Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon Scholarships

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.).

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Dream Chaser Change Maker Award

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.

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