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.
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.
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.
Scholar-Bursary 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 financial need. Value: two awards, up to $2,500 each.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.).
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.