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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Davis Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Dean and Marie Trimper Bursary

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.

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Douglas and Patricia Armstrong Award

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.

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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. Lalia B. Chase Scholarships

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.

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