Scholarships & 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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Ed Arsenault Memorial Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Edyth and Ralph Dodds Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Elizabeth Fillmore Etter Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration

Established in 2014 by Elizabeth Fillmore Etter (Class of 1951). To be awarded to (a) student(s) who has demonstrated academic achievement and financial need. Preference to students in the Manning School of Business. (Value: $1,000)

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Ethel Verge Kinsman and Frederick Borden Kinsman Scholar-Bursaries

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The Ethel Verge Kinsman and Frederick Borden Kinsman Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to students from Kings County, Nova Scotia on the basis of academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. The scholar-bursaries were established in 2003 by Eleanor K. Veague (BSH, Acadia, 1948), in memory of her mother Ethel Verge Kinsman (Acadia, 1922) and her father, Frederick Borden Kinsman (Acadia, 1916).

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