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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Prize of up to $80 | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The E. Blanche Thomas History Prize. An endowed prize of $80 bequeathed by Miss E. Blanche Thomas (Acadia, 1914) is awarded annually on nomination of the Department of History to the honours student in history with the highest overall academic record
Scholar-Bursary of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2015 by the Arsenault and Curry families in memory of an extraordinary husband, father, and grandfather, the Ed Arsenault Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a full-time returning student from the Annapolis Valley in recognition of academic excellence and financial need. Ed Arsenault’s career was with the Royal Canadian Air Force and later, the Annapolis Valley School Board. He was a lifelong pursuer of education who received his Med from Acadia in 2007. Value: $2,000.
Bursary of up to $1,270 | Eligibility: Arts, French, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Edouard Massey French Language Bursary is provided through the generosity of Mr. William C. Hankinson (B.A. Acadia, 1932; M.A. 1933) who was associated over many years with modern language teaching and broadcasting and was founder of the Maritime Concert Association and the Canadian Institute of Speech. The bursary is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of French to assist a third or fourth year student to attend a French language institution in Quebec or France for a French immersion program of at least six weeks duration. The bursary may apply for summer or regular academic year study.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts
The Edward Manning Saunders Scholarship in Arts ($235), being half of the interest on an endowment set up by the late Hon. William Dennis of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is to be awarded to a student in Arts at the end of the third year. The selection is to be made by the Dean of Arts, the Chairperson of the scholarship committee, and the heads of the departments concerned. The scholarship will be applied on the fees of the senior year.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Elinor Kyte-Senior Memorial Scholarship in History. Established in 1989 by her family and friends, in memory of Elinor KyteSenior (1926 - 1989), a member of the Acadia Faculty 1986 - 87 and 1988 - 89. The scholarship is awarded to a student entering the second or subsequent year of a program leading to a major or honours degree in History. Preference shall be given to a student who has demonstrated a special interest and ability in Military History.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Psychology, Current 4th year
Established through the estate of Ellen V. Piers (’39, ’46), this award is granted to a fourth-year student who is seeking graduate study in Clinical Psychology, as determined by the Department of Psychology. Dr. Ellen Piers earned a BA (1939) and a BEd (1946) at Acadia and finally a PhD (1954) at Peabody before becoming a well-known psychologist.
Scholarship of up to $450 | Eligibility: Arts, French, Spanish, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Everett & Maude Coldwell Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a senior honours student who has made a distinguished record in French or Spanish. It may be awarded to a senior honours student who is going on to graduate work in the same language at another university which either specializes in that language or is located in the province or country of which that language is a native language. Need, character, ability and the probability of entering the teaching profession in the public schools of Nova Scotia are to be taken into consideration. The scholarship was established from the Estate of Ray Lloyd Coldwell (B.A. Acadia, 1917; M.A. Columbia; M.A. Acadia) teacher, administrator, and author.
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