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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Daniel S. Bezanson Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $720 | Eligibility: Arts, Economics, History, Politics, Sociology, Current 3rd year

The Daniel S. Bezanson Scholarship was endowed by Miss Anne Bezanson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in memory of her brother, the late Mr. Daniel S. Bezanson, is to be awarded annually to a student entering the fourth year with a major in economics, sociology, history or political science. Selection is made by the Scholarship Committee from recommendations received from the departments concerned and is based on scholarship and need.

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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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Dr. A. H. MacLean Prize in History

Prize | Eligibility: History

The Dr. A. H. MacLean Prize in History is annually awarded on nomination by the Head of the History Department to the graduating honours student who has submitted the best Honours thesis. The prize honours the memory of Dr. A. Harry MacLean who was Head of the History Department from 1960 to 1980 and Dean of Arts from 1966 to 1975.

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Dr. Esther Isabel Clark Wright Scholarships

Scholarship of up to $1,800 | Eligibility: Arts, History

The Dr. Esther Isabel Clark Wright Scholarships were provided for in the Estate of Dr. Wright in 1990. They are awarded annually to superior in course students in the Faculty of Arts with a preference given to students majoring in History on recommendation of the Dean of Arts. Dr. Wright (B.A. Acadia, 1916; Ph.D., Radcliffe Harvard, '31) was the noted author of many works, articles and essays. She taught Sociology at Acadia from 1943 to 1947. Acadia awarded her an honourary degree in 1975. In 1988 the lounge in Chase Court was named in her honour and the Esther Clark Wright Archives were opened.

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