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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Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education
The F. Pauline and W. Merle Spence Memorial Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering or returning to complete a Bachelor of Education degree. Along with financial need, the recipient must demonstrate qualities of leadership and/or have added to the quality of life of others through campus or community activities. Preference will be given to a student from Nova Scotia. The award is on recommendation of the School of Education and may be renewed at their discretion.
The Bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of Mrs. Pauline Spence and in memory of the late W. Merle Spence. Mrs. Spence was a graduate of Acadia University in 1949 (BSH) and had a long and distinguished teaching career in Nova Scotia.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
University Entrance Scholarships valued at $3500 each ($875 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Current 3rd year
A scholarship in the amount of $240 was endowed by the late Mrs. Evlyn Fenwick Farris, Class of 1898, and honorary LL.D. of this University. It is to be awarded to a meritorious third-year student in Arts.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration
Established in 2014 by Fidelity Investments. To be awarded to a full-time student in the F.C. Manning School of Business in recognition of academic achievement, campus leadership, and financial need.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Entering first year
The Florence B. Mosher Memorial Scholarship will be awarded annually to one or more entering student(s) studying in the Faculty of Arts.
This award was established in 2009, by the late Dr. Marial Mosher in memory of her mother, Florence (Larder) Mosher.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Florence Jodrey Bishop Scholarship in Business is awarded annually to a returning student in the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program on recommendation of the School of Business. This scholarship is made possible through a bequest in 1998 from the late Florence M. Bishop (BA 1934) of Hantsport, Nova Scotia and a donation in 2019 by Dr. Roy Bishop of Avonport, Nova Scotia (CAS 1959, BScH 1961).
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, English
The Florence Jodrey Bishop Scholarship in English is awarded annually to a returning student in the Bachelor of Arts (English) degree program on recommendation of the English Department. This scholarship is made possible through a donation in 2019 by Dr. Roy Bishop of Avonport, Nova Scotia (CEng ’59, BSc Acadia ’61).
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Physics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Florence Jodrey Bishop Scholarship in Physics is awarded annually to a returning student in the Bachelor of Science (Physics) degree program on recommendation of the Physics Department. This scholarship is made possible through a bequest in 1998 from the late Florence M. Bishop (BA 1934) of Hantsport, Nova Scotia and a donation in 2019 by Dr. Roy Bishop of Avonport, Nova Scotia (CAS 1959, BScH 1961).
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: International student
Established in 2018 by Florence Pearsall (’57), this bursary is available to a full-time international student attending Acadia, preferably as part of the World University Service of Canada program.
Born and raised in Nova Scotia, Florence graduated from Acadia with a BA in Sociology and began a career in Fredericton as a social worker. After moving to Lewiston, New York, where she spent the majority of her adult life, she began a successful career in real estate and banking. She has great memories of Acadia and appreciated the opportunity to represent the university at the World University Service International Seminar in Japan in 1955. It greatly influenced her life. Value: $1,000.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Pre-Med, Current 4th year
Awarded annually to a deserving and superior premedical student who plans to enter a School of Medicine. The scholarship cannot be held for more than one year. It was endowed in 1989 through the Estate of Dr. J. P. McGrath (D.C.L. Acadia, 1972).
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established by alumni and friends of the initial 15 years of football at Acadia, the Football Builders Award is granted to a returning football student-athlete. The successful recipient must show a passion toward improving as a football athlete, is in good academic standing and demonstrate leadership in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Football Head Coach in consultation with the Director of Athletics. The Football Builders Award is in memory of four former Acadia football coaches: Major Fred Kelly (’38) coached the football program from 1956 to 1959; Neil “Scorchy” MacVicar (’50) was named Head Coach in 1960 until 1964 followed by Bill Busching (1965-1967) and George Hemond (1968-1970). All four were instrumental builders of varsity football at Acadia.
Bursary | Eligibility: International student
Established in 2022, the Formuziewich Bursary for Ukrainian Students is a response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, providing full financial support to Ukrainian students to complete their degrees at Acadia. Available to students in any year of study in any program, the goal is to provide the students with an educational opportunity in Canada without the burden of financial concern.
Tim Formuziewich grew up in Ottawa and graduated from Acadia in 2000 with a BBA. A Dean’s list student, Tim received top awards such as the Frank H. Sobey Award for Excellence in Business Studies, the Fred C. Manning Scholarship, the Shell Canada Scholarship, and the Golden A Award. Tim received his Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003 and has enjoyed a career as an investor, specializing in global infrastructure, power and renewable energy and agriculture. Tim is a Canadian of Ukrainian heritage.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Graduate
The Frances McNally Scholarship in Nutrition was established in memory of Frances M. McNally (Doctor of Science Acadia, 1943), founder and first Dean of the School of Home Economics at Acadia. The scholarship of $1345 may be awarded annually on recommendation of Nutrition and Dietetics to either a superior senior student or to an Acadia graduate proceeding directly to first-year graduate study in nutrition or related areas.
Established in 2019 by Francis Yip CC (’90), to enable the Manning School of Business to provide support for student participation in case competitions, research projects, international exchanges, and special opportunities, with funding decisions being made on a competitive basis by the School’s Director.
The Frank H. Mailman Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a continuing student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. Preference will be given to a student from Annapolis County. Mrs. Doris M. Bent, a friend of the University, established this scholarship endowment in memory of her husband.
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music Therapy, Current 3rd year
The Frank Hughes Memorial Award is granted on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a Bachelor of Music Therapy student in their third year of study demonstrating financial need. Preference will be given to students with an expressed desire to work with individuals coping with mental health disorders.
The award was established in 2021 in loving memory of Frank by his niece and sister, Miyako Shima and Eve Hughes. Frank studied at Royal Holloway College (University of London, B.Music) and was a brilliant violinist and pianist who traveled the world playing music and shared his passion through his album “Life Is Nothing Without Music”. Frank was a strong advocate for music therapy as a powerful recovery tool for those with mental health issues.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Frank J. Humphrey Scholarship of $1280 ($320 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Mr. F. J. Humphrey of New York City.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, International student
The Frank V. and Zella Parlee Anthony Memorial Scholarships (2) of $1335 each are provided through the generosity of the Canadian Club of Boston of which Mr. Anthony once served as President. He graduated Bachelor of Science in 1923, and his wife, Zella, Bachelor of Arts in 1922. Mr. Anthony was an eminently successful businessman in Windsor, Nova Scotia, and later in Massachusetts where he provided long and dedicated service to Acadia. The scholarships are awarded annually either as entrance or in course awards with strong preference given to citizens of the United States.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Prince Edward Island
The Franklyn Bovyer Scholarship of $340 annually, endowed by the late Mr. Franklyn Bovyer of Bunbury, Prince Edward Island, is to be awarded to a qualified entrant.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Fred C. Manning Scholarships. Renewable entrance scholarships of $2500 (3), $1500 (6), $1000 (2) and $500 (1) and non renewable scholarships of $500 (50) are awarded annually in memory of Mr. Fred C. Manning (1891 1959), industrialist, public benefactor and eminent Nova Scotian. They are made possible by his generous provision of funds to Acadia University.
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year
The Fred C. Manning School of Business Advisory Board Impact Award is awarded annually to a student registered in their third year of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program. Recipients will be selected based on a combination of their academic standing and showing a significant impact through involvement in extra-curricular and/or community activities.The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the Fred C. Manning School of Business and the School’s awards committee. The award, established in 2002, is made available through the generosity of the Fred C. Manning School of Business Advisory Board members and is presented each year at the Business Society Banquet.
The Freda and Hubert G. Nickerson Bursary is provided to a continuing student from Cape Sable Island (the Nickerson’s home) or Queen’s County, Nova Scotia who had demonstrated financial need. The memorial is provided by their daughter, Dorothy Nickerson O'Brien who is a graduate of the Class of 1944.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Kinesiology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Freda N. Wales Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Kinesiology and the Head of the Department of Community Development to an individual who is a resident of Nova Scotia, who has completed at least two years of a college or university program, and who wishes to pursue a program specializing in outdoor leadership at Acadia University. The scholarship was established in 1982 by friends and colleagues of Freda Wales (B.Sc. McGill) in memory of a lifetime of dedicated service to mankind along with a deep commitment to the advancement of outdoor education and all outdoor pursuits.
Scholarship of up to $1,135 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Frederic H. Sexton Scholarship in Engineering. An endowed scholarship has been established in memory of Frederic H. Sexton, C.B.E., founder and for forty years President of the Nova Scotia Technical College. It will be awarded to the final-year engineering student with the highest record in the course at Acadia and who commences full-time studies at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Engineering.