Scholarships and 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 Cartwright and Cyril Coldwell Memorial Award

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.

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David Hastings Hockey Award

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Established in 2019 by David and Patricia Hastings, this award recognizes a member of the Axemen varsity hockey team, preferably a goaltender.

David Hastings graduated from Acadia in 1974 with a BBA and had a career in the oil and gas industry for 35 years as a senior manager and is a FCPA, FCMA and CPFA. A longtime member of Acadia’s Board of Governors and Business School Advisory Board, David’s other Acadia commitment was as goaltender of the Axemen (70-74) before being drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers. He is President of the Class of 1974 and a Hockey Honour Roll inductee in 2008.

Value: $10,000

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David Vernon Memorial Award

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.

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DHX Media Awards

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration

Established in 2016 by DHX Media, these awards are granted annually to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a Bachelor of Business Administration who have a demonstrated interest in the creative arts – music, visual art, theatre, dance, film or digital media. In recognition of academic success and with a preference for students who may have financial need, one award will be granted to a student majoring in Finance or Accounting and the second to a student who is female and/or a member of a visible minority group.

DHX Media is a Canadian media production, distribution and broadcasting company, which was established in 2006. A key player internationally in the creation of content for children and families, the company is the largest independent owner of children’s television programming in the industry. DHX CEO is Acadia alumnus Dana Landry (BBA ’93) and Mark Simpson (BBA ’00) is Director of Finance.

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Diefenbaker Medals and Awards for Debating

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The Diefenbaker Medals and Awards for Debating. The late Honourable John G. Diefenbaker made a substantial gift to the University to provide a gold medal and a silver medal to the first and second place debaters to be chosen by the University Debating Committee. The Board of Governors has also approved an award of $900 to go with the gold medal, $600 with the silver medal, and $250 each to the two runners up.

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Discovery Fund

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Discovery Fund

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Doctor Don Wright Awards in Music

Award of up to $1,650 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music

The Doctor Don Wright Awards in Music were permanently established in December 1979 by Dr. Don Wright of Toronto, an eminent Canadian musician and scholar. There are two annual awards of $1650 each; one in practical instrumental arranging, the other in vocal music education.

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Don Wells Memorial Hockey Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2018 by John Saunders, Axemen Hockey 1976-1980, is in memory of Don Wells, varsity men’s hockey coach from 1966 to 1986. To be awarded to a returning men’s hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics.

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Donald and Evelyn Hall Scholar-Bursaries

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Donald and Evelyn Hall Scholar-Bursaries

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Donald and Evelyn Hall Science Research Studentships

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Donald and Evelyn Hall Science Research Studentships

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Donald F. Reed Finance Award

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.

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Donald S. Callbeck Hockey Award

Award of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

Established anonymously in 2018, the award is in honour of Don Callbeck '51, member of the hockey Axemen from 1949 to 1951. To be awarded to a returning men's hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men's hockey team and the Director of Athletics.

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Doreen Bennett Scholar-Bursary

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Doreen Bennett Scholar-Bursary

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Dorothy G. Walker Athletic Award

Award of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2015 by Dorothy Walker Robbins. To be awarded to two returning basketball, volleyball, soccer, cross country or swimming female varsity athletes. The recipients must be in good academic standing with a minimum 80% average, and present strong leadership qualities in the university and community. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coaches of female varsity athletic programs.

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Douglas (Red) Fraser Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Douglas (Red) Fraser Award is presented on recommendation of the Director of Athletics, to a returning hockey player with good academic standing who best exemplifies the qualities of sporting behaviour and leadership. Douglas (Red) Fraser graduated in 1948 with an Engineering Diploma and received his B.Sc. in 1954. He was a well known athlete both as a hockey player and a golfer. He was inducted into Acadia's Hockey Honour Roll in 1984.

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Dr. Alex Wright Memorial Award

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.

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Dr. Frank H. Eaton Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Dr. Frank H. Eaton Award was established in memory of the Rev. Dr. Frank H. Eaton, outstanding alumnus and long time member of the Senate and Board of Governors of Acadia University. The award is given on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a student entering their second, third or fourth year of undergraduate study at Acadia University who has given evidence of good academic achievement and leadership and has participated in varsity intercollegiate sport.

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Dr. Maurice Tugwell Award

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Dr. Maurice Tugwell Award

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Dr. Robert Graeme Boutilier Memorial Research Award

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).

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Dr. Zelda Abramson Award

Award | Eligibility: Sociology

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.

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Dream Chaser Change Maker Award

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2017 by three Acadia friends, the Dream Chaser Change Maker Award, is awarded annually to an outstanding student who embodies the Acadia spirit. This student embraces everything an education can offer by ambitiously supporting social and or environmental change in their local community or around the world. Having overcome adversity in their own lives, they give back to society and community through active volunteerism. The recipient will be awarded funding for their own education; to chase their dreams, as well as an opportunity to ignite change with funds donated to their choice of UNICEF education programs in developing countries.

Niluka Kottegoda (’03) created the Dream Chaser Change Maker concept to help improve accessibility to education both in Canada and around the world. Close friends Chantal Pelham-Edwards (’03) and Laura Rutherford Watt (’02, ’04) enthusiastically joined the effort. As recipients of awards at Acadia, they wanted to give back to their alma mater and reward students who have qualities most meaningful to their Acadia experience. Niluka, a Vice President at Sobeys Inc., recently completed her Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA based in Toronto. Chantal holds a BA in Political Science from Acadia and is Principal of Third Sector Enhancement Ltd. Laura graduated from Acadia with a BSc (Math) and a BEd and currently is teaching Secondary Mathematics and Science in Calgary.

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