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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Geoffery Coulson Memorial Bursary

Bursary of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

Established in 2017 by Rick Coulson (’08) in memory of his brother, this bursary is awarded to a student who is a Nova Scotia resident demonstrating financial need and whose parent serves in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Rick Coulson graduated from Acadia with a BBA in 2008 and is currently President at Coulson Contracting in Ontario. To honour his brother’s memory, Rick established this bursary for Geoffery, who was a kind, reliable and loyal husband, father, brother and friend.

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George C. Lohnes Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The George C. Lohnes Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to all-around students from Sydney Academy and Kings County, respectively.

The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by George R. Lohnes, Q.C. and Valerie J. Lohnes.

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George C. Nowlan Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,300 | Eligibility: Arts, Economics, Politics, Nova Scotia

The George C. Nowlan Memorial Scholarship ($1300) is awarded annually at the end of the second year, to a student of distinction proceeding to a major in economics or political science, or intending to study law. Preference will be given to students from Nova Scotia. The scholarship is provided from a fund originally established by the Nova Scotia Progressive Conservative Association and Friends as a lecture fund in memory of the late Hon. George C. Nowlan, B.A., L.L.B., D.C.L., L.L.D., P.C., Q.C., M.P. (former Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Finance in the Diefenbaker Government). The Fund was further enhanced by gifts from members of the Nowlan family.

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