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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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.
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.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The George E. Levy Awards in Comparative Religion are named in honour of Dr. George E. Levy, Professor of English Bible at Acadia University, 1947‑1970. These awards, which may not exceed the income from the endowment on which they are based, may be given annually to students who have excelled in the study of Comparative Religion. Awards will be applied against the recipient's fees at Acadia University.
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.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Gloria Fulton Memorial Award will be awarded annually to an Acadia student with a physical disability, with preference given to an entering student from Nova Scotia.
This Award was established in 2009 by Gloria's cousin, Chesley Fulton and his wife Betty, with assistance from family members and close friends, chiefly her life-long best buddy Beatrice Crawford and her husband Purdy, both former Nova Scotia residents. Gloria was born and raised on Portapique Mountain, Nova Scotia, moving to Massachusetts in her late teens to live with family there. She lived all of her eighty years with Cerebral Palsy, independently in a wheel chair for most of it, remaining cheerful and uplifting throughout, an inspiration to all who knew her. She travelled frequently to visit family and friends in Nova Scotia and Ontario. She was active in promoting the rights of the handicapped in her home area, and wherever she travelled.
The Great Wall Award is awarded annually to students from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macao who have completed at least one full academic year of study at Acadia. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.33 and show levels of community contribution outside of the classroom. Preference will be given to students studying at the undergraduate level.
The award was established in 2006 by the Acadia Chinese Club.
Award of up to $7,000
Established in 2018 by David Huestis ('63), the Greg Somerville Award in Innovation is granted in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, and innovation, the recipients also persevere through adversity and have financial need. Available to full-time students who are engaged in studies in the David Huestis Innovation Pavilion.
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