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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Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2018 in memory of Daniel and Christine MacAskill, these bursaries are available to full-time science majors at the undergraduate or graduate level, domestic or international students. Daniel and Christine MacAskill were from Breton Cove in Cape Breton. Christine was a school teacher and Daniel was a fisherman.
The Daniel Rogers Fund. A gift by Mr. Daniel Rogers of Springhill provides $80 to be used to assist needy and deserving students.
The David Ritcey and Judith A. Dunbar Bursary, established in 2018 by David Ritcey (BA Political Science, Acadia 1974); MPA Public Administration, University of Victoria 1976) and Judith Dunbar (B. Ed., University of Victoria 1979; M. Ed., York University 1992), will be funded through an estate gift. David and Judy met and married at Acadia University. They worked in Saskatchewan, Toronto, Miami Beach, with David's IBM assignments in Melbourne Australia, Dusseldorf Germany, and Johannesburg South Africa, before retiring to Charleston, South Carolina.
This Bursary is granted on a renewable basis to students who are the first in their immediate family to attend university and demonstrate financial need. Preference will be given to single parents or Indigenous students. David and Judy intend to support and encourage students who come from socially/economically challenged backgrounds so that they have full opportunity to secure post-secondary education.
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.
Bursary | Eligibility: Applied Science
The Deane (McCain) and Bill Westaway Bursary is available to a mature student with preference given to a single parent registered in the faculty of Pure and Applied Science. The candidate will have successfully completed at least one year of full-time study at Acadia. The Westaways are graduates of the Classes of 1947 and 1948 respectively.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts
The DeWolfe Memorial Bursary ($215) was endowed in 1991 by John B. DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, '46; LL.B. Dalhousie, '49) in memory of family members who were long associated with Acadia: Henry Todd DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1899; D.D., 1909; LL.D., 1925); Rev. Herbert Eaton DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1914); Prof. Edgar Lawrence DeWolfe (B.A. Acadia, 1924; B.E., N.S. Tech., 1933). The bursary is available to a needy student in an Arts program.
The Doris Curry Bursary was endowed in 1984 by Mrs. Doris Curry of Ottawa, Ontario. The income is to be used to assist a continuing undergraduate student who has completed at least one semester at the University with good academic standing. The bursary shall be awarded on the basis of academic performance and financial need to a student who is not in receipt of other University scholarship or bursary support.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Kinesiology, Current 1st year, International student
The Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernest Barss Bursaries. These have been endowed by Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Ernest Barss of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and provide $573 to each of four first year students from the United States on the grounds of sporting behaviour, leadership, academic standing and need. The awards are to be made by the Bursary Committee on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Kinesiology and the Head of the Department of Community Development.
Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics
The Dr. Avery deWitt Bursary is awarded annually to a varsity athlete with an interest in the study of medicine or health professions. Students must be enrolled in the Faculty of Science else the Kinesiology program. The bursary was established by family, friends, alumni and colleagues in memory of Dr. Avery deWitt (BA Acadia 1904; MD, CM McGill 1909) who served as University Physician from 1919 to 1956.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics
The Dr. Dawson G. Fulton Mathematics Bursary is awarded annually, on the basis of financial need, to a returning student in a Bachelor of Science degree program who has declared a major in Mathematics and Statistics. This award was established by the family of Dr. Dawson G. Fulton (Acadia ’29) as a memorial to their father.
The Dr. Donald Darrach Bursary was established by Mrs. J. F. MacNeill (Acadia Ladies Sem. 1902) of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, as a memorial to her father, Dr. Donald Darrach. The bursary provides the sum of $80 to be used to assist students, preferably from Prince Edward Island.
The Dr. H. G. and Clara Stenderson Bursary. An amount of $160 is to be awarded annually to a needy and worthy student regardless of race, colour or creed.
The Dr. Helen Holden Quinlan Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a needy student performing at a satisfactory academic level. Dr. Quinlan, a dedicated specialist in internal medicine, received an honourary degree from Acadia University in 1979.
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