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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G. S. Atkins Trophy

Trophy | Eligibility: Athletics

The G. S. Atkins Trophy is presented annually to the football player who has shown the most improvement in play during the season. The award is the gift of the Atkins family in memory of their father.

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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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Geoffrey D. Kott Scholar-Athlete Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2014 by Geoffrey D. Kott (BBA Acadia, 1996). Preference for these awards will be for a student-athlete who:

• is in his/her second, or subsequent year of the Business Administration program;

• was named an Academic All-Canadian the immediately prior academic year;

• has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and

• has otherwise demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship both in and out of the athletic arena.

For the men’s award, preference will be given to a member of the varsity Men’s Basketball team.

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George Wilbert Cox Cup and Medal

Trophy | Eligibility: Athletics

The George Wilbert Cox Cup and Medal. Through the generosity of George Wilbert Cox (B.A. Acadia, 1880; B.A. Harvard, 1895), an endowment has been received to provide a permanent annual award of a solid silver cup suitably engraved to be presented on conditions set forth by the donor to the male student in each college year who has made the most outstanding record in intercollegiate athletics, other extracurricular activities and scholarship.

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Gi (Corcoran) Forsyth Basketball Award

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

Established in 2020 by Winnie Horton (`64). This award recognizes a varsity women’s basketball student-athlete who is passionate about her sport, is engaged with academics and her community. Value: $1,000.

Gi (Corcoran) Forsyth coached women’s basketball at Acadia from 1952 to 1959. In addition, she coached field hockey, volleyball, swimming, and track & field. During that time, she was a Phys. Ed. instructor for first year female student-athletes. This award is named in memory of Jean Marsh, a great friend to Gi and her family. Jean was a former Director of the School of Secretarial Science retiring after 36 years of service and an award that bears her name is given annually to Acadia’s female athlete of the year.

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Gideon Prescott Award

Award of up to $1,510 | Eligibility: Athletics

The Gideon Prescott Award was established by Amy K. Prescott (B.Sc. Acadia, 1924; M.A., 1933) in memory of her father, Gideon Knight Prescott, formerly of Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The award is made annually to a continuing student in recognition of good academic performance, participation in varsity intercollegiate athletics and illustration of sportsmanship and leadership qualities.

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Gordon Lummis Community Award

Award of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year

Established in 2017 by Gordon Lummis (’59), this award is granted on a renewable basis to an entering “all around” full-time student who demonstrates financial need and exhibits the qualities of a community leader through volunteering, civic engagement, preferably a varsity football student-athlete.

The lifetime involvement of Gordon Lummis in community activities started while a student at Acadia. He founded the first Acadia Winter Carnival in 1959 and started the Winter Carnival Chapel Fund which resulted in the building of a chapel at Acadia. He was also on Acadia`s first football team in 1956-57. His career was spent in business, community development and public affairs. Retiring to Wolfville, he founded the Friends of Acadia, an advocate group for positive relations between the University and the Associated Alumni of Acadia University. He was elected President of the Alumni Association and served on the Board of Governors for Acadia.

Value: $2,000

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Gunnhildur Baldursson Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics

The Gunnhildur Baldursson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in 1987 by the family and friends of Gunnhildur Sif Baldursson (1967-1987), outstanding student, gifted musician, and international athlete. The income from the endowment shall be used to recognize a student in the second or subsequent year of studies in a program offered in the Faculty of Science, who has achieved high academic standing and has represented the University in an intercollegiate athletic activity. In any year in which no suitable candidate is found the income shall be added to the capital. Preference shall be given to female student athletes, particularly those who have represented the University at soccer.

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