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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David and Ruth Anne (Morse) Nicholson Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry

Established in 2020 by alumni David and Ruth Anne (Morse) Nicholson, this bursary is available to students majoring in Biology, Business, or Chemistry in recognition of financial need. The bursary will be granted to a student in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and the F.C. Manning School of Business in alternating years. Each bursary will be valued annually based on investment returns and the recommendation of the Board of Governors’ Investment Committee.

Ruth Anne Morse, daughter of professor Dr. Norman Morse (’40,’42), met David Nicholson at Acadia while she was studying science and he, business. David received a Bachelor of Commerce in 1965 and Ruth Anne a Bachelor of Science in 1966. After their marriage in the Acadia Chapel in 1967, they resided in Ontario, David’s home province, where David continued his studies and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1968. Having raised their family and operated a business for thirty years in Ontario, they retired to Nova Scotia in 2000. With her long-standing family ties and their fond memories and appreciation of the unique Acadia environment, Ruth Anne and David wish to give back to the university in the form of this bursary.

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David and Shirley McEwen Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry

The DAVID AND SHIRLEY MCEWEN SCHOLAR-BURSARY will be awarded annually to an entering or returning student in the Faculty of Science at Acadia University on the basis of academic performance and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students majoring in Chemistry.

This scholar-bursary has been funded by Dr. David J. McEwen (BSCH Acadia, 1952; PhD Purdue, 1957).

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Doris Fraser Hiltz Chemistry Research Award

Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Pursuing an Honours Research Project

Established in 2020 by Doris Fraser Hiltz (’51, ’52), this award is designed to support the unique research work of Acadia’s most promising undergraduate Honours students in Chemistry. It will be awarded during the summer prior to the final honours year in recognition of the recipient’s Chemistry thesis proposal.

Doris Fraser grew up in New Glasgow, majored in Chemistry and played violin at Acadia. She earned a BSc (1951) and a BEd (1952) and went on to a full lab career with the Fisheries Research Board of Canada in Halifax where she met her husband. Raymond Hiltz was an oceanographic researcher who worked for many years at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography until they retired to New Glasgow where Doris continues to play violin in an orchestra and a trio.

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Dr. Ernest Hayes International Student Scholarship

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.

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Dr. Ernest Hayes Research Fellowship

Research Fellowship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering final Year

Established in 2021 by Phyllis Hayes in memory of her husband, Dr. Ernest Hayes, this fellowship is awarded to a student entering their final year of a chemistry program in recognition of their joint research with an Acadia professor. Intended to encourage and support an outstanding chemistry students, the fellowship will also assist the student in acquiring other research grants.

Dr. Ernest Hayes graduated from Acadia with an honours BSc degree in 1948 and an engineering certificate in 1949. He obtained an MSc from Dalhousie University in 1951 and a PhD in organic chemistry from McMaster University in 1958. He also did postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Mellon University. . He became Head of Acadia’s Chemistry Department in 1975 where he remained until his early death in 1992. Much of his teaching was in the first year and introductory organic chemistry classes where his kindness and patience made him extremely popular with his students.

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