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. 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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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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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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