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 of up to $225 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 2nd year
The D. F. Higgins Scholarship in Mathematics was established by the late Mr. George F. Higgins of Pasadena, California, in memory of his father, the late Professor D.F. Higgins of Acadia University. This scholarship will be awarded to that second year student who has made the highest average in mathematics during the first and second years and continues in mathematics during the junior and senior years.
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.
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Business Administration
Established in 2014 by The Honourable David D. Smith ’66, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of New Brunswick. To be awarded annually to a student in the Manning School of Business or the Faculty of Arts, with preference to a student who has contributed to the campus and/or community through volunteerism, leadership in residence life, and/or student government.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The DAVID GEORGE AND MARGARET EVELYN BURCHELL SCHOLARSHIPS are awarded annually to two students attending Acadia University. Preference is given to students from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
The scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Margaret Evelyn Burchell (BA, Acadia,1931) in memory of her late husband, Mr. David George Burchell.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics
The David Ryan Memorial Scholarship was established by friends and family of David Charles Ryan (B.Sc. Acadia, 1975) in recognition of his many contributions as a friend, colleague and athlete. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student who has achieved at least B level academic standing, displays excellent character, and has represented the University in an intercollegiate athletic activity.
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."
Deans' List Scholarships are annually provided for Deans' Scholars who do not already receive full funding from government or other public or private agencies and subject to a ceiling set from time to time by the Scholarship, Prizes and Awards Committee. A minimum amount of funding per scholar is not, however, guaranteed, since the funds available vary from year to year. Each student receiving scholarship support is advised in writing from the Office of Admissions and Student Assistance.
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Divinity
The Douglas A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually, on recommendation of the Acadia Divinity College, to a needy full time student in a Masters program in Theological Education who shows character, promise of leadership and the desire to pursue a career in the Christian ministry.
The scholarship was established by the Class of 1948 in memory of their Life President, Douglas A. Wilson (BA Acadia 1948; D.D) who served as a Presbyterian minister for forty-one years before he passed away in October 1992. While a student at Acadia, he served his class and the larger community with dedication and distinction – attributes which were part of his natural character and personality, and endeared him to his classmates, and a legion of friends and parishioners.
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.
The Dr. Barry H. Burgess Scholarship. A scholarship of $470 has been endowed by Miss Helen M. Burgess as a memorial to her brother. The scholarship is to be awarded to an undergraduate student who has high academic standing.
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics
Established in 2017 by Dr. Robert Hiscott in memory of Dr. Eleanor Chu (’80, ’81), this scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students of high academic standing enrolled in a Mathematics or Physics degree program.
Born in 1950 in Taiwan, Eleanor Chu received her BSc in Agricultural Chemistry (1973) from the National Taiwan University. She then pursued studies in Physics and Mathematics at Acadia, earning a BSc (’80) and a MSc in Mathematics (’81). Further graduate studies in Computer Science at the University of Waterloo saw her receive a MMath (1984) and PhD (1988). Dr. Chu’s academic career began at the University of Waterloo (1988-1991) and continued at the University of Guelph (1991-2008) where she was promoted to Full Professor in 2001.
Dr. Chu was particularly grateful and appreciative for the wonderful, inspiring mentorship received from the faculty of Acadia University, especially Professor Fred Chipman who introduced her to the field of numerical analysis and supervised her MSc thesis
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.
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.
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 2nd year
The Dr. George Claude Hicks Scholarship in Biology donated by Mrs. Erma F. Hicks in memory of her husband, the late Dr. George Claude Hicks (Acadia, '22), is to be awarded on the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Biology to a worthy student who has completed the second year of a program leading to a degree with a major in biology.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Entering first year
The Dr. Harvey E. Crowell Scholarship of $960 is awarded each year as a renewable entrance scholarship to a student entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. It has been provided through a legacy from the late Dr. Harvey E. Crowell (D.C.L. Acadia, 1956), a generous friend and Chairman of the Board, 1959 1973.
Scholarship of up to $2,500 | Application deadline: April 15, 2013 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year
Two scholarships provided by the Grace Beardsley Trust Fund, are awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Biology to students in the Honours in Biology program. The scholarships are awarded at the end of the third year and are intended to enable the recipients to participate in a summer research program that will form the basis of their Honours theses. If in any year either scholarship is not awarded to an Honours student, it may be awarded to a student enrolled in the Masters program in Biology. Letters of application are to be submitted to the Head of the Department of Biology by March 15 of each year.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Kinesiology, Current 3rd year
The Dr. Jim MacLeod Scholarship in Kinesiology is awarded annually to a student entering their graduating year at Acadia in the Sport Injury Assessment and Management area within the Bachelor of Kinesiology program. The recipient will be chosen based on equal consideration of an individual who demonstrates energy and enthusiasm for learning, coupled with high academic achievement, effective communication skills and a genuine interest in the well being of those around them, inside and outside the academic setting. The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee, chaired by the Director of the School of Kinesiology.
This scholarship was established in September of 2006 to honor Dr. Jim MacLeod, Acadia Professor and Head Athletic Therapist, by his graduating students within the Sports Injury Assessment and Management area of the program.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Dr. Lalia B. Chase Scholarships. Renewable entrance scholarships valued at $1500 (5), $1200 (1), $1000 (1), and $500 (1) and a non renewable scholarship valued at $500 have been established by the Estate of Dr. Lalia Barclay Chase (B.A. Acadia, 1918; M.D., C.M. Dalhousie, 1924) of Port Williams, Nova Scotia.
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.
The Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarship "B" is a renewable scholarship of $950 established by the late Dr. Rhodenizer (Head of English Department, 1918 1954) to be awarded to an undergraduate student without reference to field of study.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarships "A" (Class of 1928). Three Dr. Vernon Blair Rhodenizer Scholarships in the amount of $1975 each (renewable for up to three years) were initiated by the Class of 1928 and supplemented by gifts from Dr. Rhodenizer's honours and graduate students to be awarded to a student or students pursuing a course of studies leading to a certificate or a Bachelor's degree in the natural sciences, applied science or business administration. The two main factors to be considered by the University scholarship committee in making these awards are proficiency in English and general academic excellence.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year
The Dr. Wilfred Whyte McCutcheon Scholarships are annually awarded to students in the second year of the Bachelor of Education degree program who are academically superior and demonstrate excellence in leadership and professional promise. Selection is made by faculty members of the School of Education. The scholarships are endowed by Dr. McCutcheon (Bsc. (Agr.) McGill, '42; B.Sc. Sir George Williams; '43; B.A., do., '44; B.Ed., Acadia, '46; M.S.A. Tor. '48; Ed.D. Cornell '51; D.Ed. Brandon '89; F.C.C.T.).
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Politics, Current 2nd year
The Duncan Grant Lovat Fraser Scholarship in Political Science was established in honour of D.G.L. Fraser (B.A., M.A. Acadia, '48, '49; C.D.), former Head and long time member of the Department of Political Science, by his friends, colleagues and former students. The award is made annually to the top student entering year three in the political science program.