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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E. A. Collins Award in Music-Composition

Award of up to $415 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The E. A. Collins Award in Music-Composition ($415) is funded from gifts provided by friends and former students of the first Dean of the School of Music. The award is made annually to a promising and deserving student in music composition on recommendation of the School of Music faculty.

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Earth & Environmental Science

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Earth & Environmental Science

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Economics

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Economics

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Eddy Garron Award

Award | Eligibility: International student

The Eddy Garron Award. To be awarded to a female student from South America, preferably Bolivia, who demonstrates school and community involvement. This award was established by Jim Mills (’82) in honour of his wife, Leilany Garron-Mills, and in memory of her father.

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Elizabeth Cannon Swimming Awards

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Elizabeth Cannon Swimming Awards

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Elizabeth Cannon Swimming Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2019 by Dr. Elizabeth Cannon (’82, ’10), these awards are granted, on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics and the Coach of the varsity swim team, to female student-athletes who are members of the varsity swim team in recognition of academic and athletic excellence, and 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.

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Elizabeth Cannon WISE Awards

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Elizabeth Cannon WISE Awards

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Elizabeth Cannon WISE Awards

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, financial need, and involvement in Acadia’s WISE program.

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.

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Ellen V. Piers Psychology Award

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Ellen V. Piers Psychology Award

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Ellen V. Piers Psychology Award

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.

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Emma Tichenor Memorial Award

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).

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Emma Tichenor Memorial Award

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Emma Tichenor Memorial Award

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Engineer’s Nova Scotia Award

Award | Eligibility: Applied Science

The Engineer’s Nova Scotia Award is presented each year to a student, graduating with an Engineering Diploma or Certificate from each of the Associated Universities, who best demonstrates the promise of using outstanding abilities to serve society in an ethical manner as a Professional Engineer. The Award will consist of an engraved certificate, a memento, and a cash prize subject to registration at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering. The Award winner will be selected by students of the graduating class is consultation with the Engineering Faculty members and should exhibit the following qualities: Ethical Conduct, Extra-Curricular Activities, Industry, Intelligence, Scholastic Achievement, Service to Fellow Students, Technical Skills and Need. Engineers Nova Scotia desires that the successful candidate be one who will most likely use a combination of the above qualities in an unselfish manner for the benefit of society and for the promotion of the Engineering Profession.

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Engineering

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Engineering

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English (Graduate)

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English (Graduate)

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies (Arts)

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Environmental & Sustainability Studies (Arts)

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Eric James Men’s Basketball Award

Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics

To be awarded to a returning Acadia men’s basketball player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, and is in good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s basketball program and the Director of Athletics.

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Ernest R. Hayes Award

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The Ernest R. Hayes Award, provided by the family, friends and former students of Dr. Ernest R. Hayes (Acadia '48), a member of the Chemistry Department 1975-1991 and Head from 1975-81, supports a student attending the annual Atlantic Region Student Conference or the Annual conference of the Canadian Society for Chemistry. The student will present the results of research completed as part of the B.Sc. Honours program. The award is based on an oral presentation of the research project.

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Esther M. Gardiner Memorial Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established through a bequest from Mrs. Gardiner’s estate, the award is made available to entering undergraduate students who were born in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick or Prince Edward Island commencing full-time study in any discipline at Acadia University. Other criteria for the award may be determined at the discretion of the University, including renewability, but include financial need and/or academic excellence. Two $10,000 awards shall be granted each year.

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EVANOV Radio Group Music Awards

Award | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

The EVANOV Radio Group Music Awards are provided annually to two Canadian residents entering their first year of a Bachelor of Music degree program. Recipients will be selected on recommendation by the Director of the School of Music at Acadia. The awards have been generously established by HFX Broadcasting Inc.

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