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 | 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 | 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.