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 E. Lewis Bursaries


The George E. Lewis Bursaries, endowed from the Estate of the late George E. Lewis of Truro, Nova Scotia, provide $1895 to assist students from Colchester County, Nova Scotia, on a basis of merit and need.

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George Leslie Dakin Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The George Leslie Dakin Memorial Bursary is awarded annually, on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, to a superior third or fourth year and needy student who is registered for a mathematics major. It is provided for by his wife Evelyn R. Dakin (B.Sc. (H.Ec.) Acadia, '33). George Dakin was a lifelong associate of the Canadian Armed Forces and Department of National Defense.

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George N. Musgrove Bursary


The George N. Musgrove Bursary. A fund bequeathed by the late George N. Musgrove of California provides $80 to be used for the benefit of needy students.

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Gilbert White Ganong Bursary


The Gilbert White Ganong Bursary. An endowment to yield $475 has been donated by the late Mrs. G. W. Ganong to endow the Gilbert White Ganong Bursary, the income from which shall be awarded for two year periods to a student from St. Stephen or Charlotte County, New Brunswick, nominated by the school trustees of St. Stephen.

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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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Gordon L. MacKinnon Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Business Administration

The Gordon L. MacKinnon Memorial Bursary was established in 1993 by Mrs. Irene (Clements) MacKinnon, Acadia '32, in memory of her husband, Gordon L. MacKinnon, Horton '29 (1909 1992). Mr. MacKinnon was a partner with Crowell, Balcom & Co. (later Riddell, Stead and Co.). The bursary is available to a Nova Scotian student who is enrolled in the School of Business Administration and who has demonstrated need for financial assistance.

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Grimmer-Goucher Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts

The Grimmer-Goucher Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering or returning student in the Faculty of Arts with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to an all-around student graduating from a high school in the Maritimes.

The bursary has been established by Frederic D. Grimmer (BA 1950 & MA 1951).

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