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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G. P. Payzant Prize in Music

Prize of up to $30 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music

The G. P. Payzant Prize in Music. A prize of $30, being one -­third the income on an endowment, is awarded to the young woman under twenty years of age taking work in the School of Music who shall be most efficient in instrumental music.

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Gary Ness Athletic Award

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

Established in 2018 by Sherry Swanburg ('02). To be awarded to a returning female athlete. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in Kinesiology. The recipient should be in good academic standing and volunteer with community based fitness programs (recognized by Acadia Kinesiology Department) which utilize their skills to support the health of the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics.

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Glenda and John Martin (Marty) Graham Memorial Bursary in Education

Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year

Glenda and John Martin (Marty) Graham Memorial Bursary in Education is awarded annually to a student in the second year of the Bachelor of Education program at Acadia who demonstrates some of the qualities Glenda and Marty Graham demonstrated as teachers. The recipient will be a person in need of financial assistance who shows dedication, perseverance, intelligence and compassion in his/her chosen field.

Established in 2000 by friends and classmates of Glenda Graham (’78), the bursary preserves her memory as a committed and compassionate teacher with a wide circle of friends in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Belize. In 2018, Glenda’s brother, J. Martin (Marty) Graham (’90) passed away and the bursary fund was enhanced and renamed in his memory. Marty was a dedicated educator, having taught for 10 years in South Korea and 4 years in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He travelled the world by bicycle and shared with students and friends his experiences in the scores of countries he visited.

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Gmeiner Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,380 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Gmeiner Memorial Scholarship was established by alumni, friends and family in memory of Eugen F. Gmeiner, a distinguished graduate of the University of Michigan (M. Music, 1967) and winner of the National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana (1962), the only Canadian yet to achieve this distinction. Professor Gmeiner was a member of the faculty of Acadia University from 1956 to 1977 and was University Organist from 1957.

The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the University organist, in consultation with the Director of the School of Music, to an organ major, but failing that, to another keyboard major in the Bachelor of Music program at the end of year three or four to assist with master class costs.

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Grace Oulton Prize in Voice

Prize of up to $80 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year

The Grace Oulton Prize in Voice of $80 endowed by Mrs. Grace Burgess Oulton (A.L.S., '06) of Hantsport, Nova Scotia, is awarded annually in May to a student in the School of Music who has shown the greatest talent and industry in voice during the preceding year. Preference will be given to a student just completing the first year.

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