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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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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Physics
The Edgar Delap Bent Memorial Scholarship in Physics is awarded annually to a student or students enrolled in a program leading to a Bachelor of Science (Physics). The scholarship is provided by the estate of Doris G. Bent (BSH '29), in memory of her husband Edgar Delap Bent (BSc '28).
Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Nutrition
Established in 2018, the scholarship is awarded to a fulltime returning science student from Nova Scotia, preferably majoring in nutrition or engineering, in recognition of excellence in academics and extra curricular activities. Elma Layton ('47) from Truro and Edward Lank ('46) from Kingston NS lived in Arvida where Edward worked for Alcan. After the family had grown, Elma returned to education until she and Edward moved to Montreal. They also lived in Jamaica and Ireland before retiring to Kingston, ON. Two of their three children, Charlotte ('70) and Ben ('74) are also Acadia graduates and Charlotte is proudly the first second-generation Acadia home economics alumna. The Lank family are passionate about helping young people secure an education.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
The Edward Manning Saunders Scholarship in Science ($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 the natural sciences at the end of the third year. The selection is to be made by the Dean of Science, the Chairperson of the scholarship committee and the heads of departments concerned. The scholarship will be applied on the fees of the senior year.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Prince Edward Island
The Edyth and Ralph Dodds Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering or returning student from Prince Edward Island who is in a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in biology, chemistry, mathematics or physics. If, in any year, there is no eligible candidate, consideration may be given to a student with a major in English or theology. Preference will be given to a student from Summerside, Prince Edward Island. In the event that there are no candidates from Prince Edward Island, the award may be granted to a student from any of the Maritime provinces. The scholar-bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic performance.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Cannon (’82, ’10), these awards are granted, on the recommendation of the Dean of Science or designate, to female students majoring in science in recognition of academic excellence, involvement in Acadia’s WISE program, and preference may be given to financial need.
Born and raised in PEI, Elizabeth Cannon was a member of Acadia’s swim team and graduated with a BSc in Math and a CAS in 1982, continuing her education with a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary where she later became the eighth President and Vice-Chancellor. From 1997 to 2002, she held the NSERC/Petro-Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the Prairie Region. In this capacity, she focused on raising public awareness about science and engineering careers for women.
Scholarship of up to $1,640 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Elizabeth MacMillan Scholarship in Nutrition was established to honour Professor Elizabeth MacMillan (B.Sc. (H.Ec.) Acadia, 1931; M.S. Cornell, 1943; D.Sc. Acadia, 1970), Dean of the School from 1943-1971. It is awarded annually to a student enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program on the recommendation of the Faculty of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Scholarship of up to $2,500 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Ella Crowell Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 will be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director on the basis of merit to a student registered in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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 $950 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Ellis-Kirkpatrick Scholarship in Nutrition. A scholarship of $950 to be awarded annually in either the penultimate or ultimate year of the Bachelor of Science degree program on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Graduate
Established in 2015 by the family and friends of Emma Tichenor, this award is granted annually to a full-time biology student, either undergraduate or graduate, who is focusing their research on wildlife management or conservation, with a preference for the study of black bears.
Emma Kate DiCara Tichenor, 24, worked with Acadia through a joint NS Department of Natural Resources. As part of this collaborative program, she was working as a junior project biologist when she lost her life in a motor vehicle accident. Passionate about wildlife, Emma earned a BSc in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University (2011) and a MSc in Conservation Biology from the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand (2013).
Prize of up to $500 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 1st year
A prize provided by students and colleagues of Dr. Everett P. Linton, member of the Department 1936 to 1975 and Head from 1966 to 1975, is awarded to the student major in the first year of a chemistry program who has achieved highest marks in six hours of chemistry.