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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Scholarship of up to $100 | Eligibility: Divinity, Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Ministry, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Med, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Geldart Milner Memorial Scholarship is provided by Mrs. Kathleen Milner Geldart in memory of her parents, Kenneth Wellington Milner and Martha Steeves Milner, and her sister, Olive Blossom Milner, is available to a needy and deserving student preparing for the Christian ministry, medicine or dentistry.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Graduate
The George Baker Tidal Energy and Environment Scholarship. Established in 2013 in recognition of Dr. Baker’s unique contribution to estuarine and tidal energy research at Acadia University. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of a Selection Committee to a graduate student who is undertaking Bay of Fundy environmental research with the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER). Preference for students studying the implications of tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy.
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The George Gerald and Esther Briggs King Scholarship of $1120 ($280 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Senator James H. King, M.D., LL.D., P.C., in memory of his parents, the late Senator George G. and Esther Briggs King.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The George Gideon Reid Entrance Scholarships of $1000 are annually awarded to superior entering students. Mr. Reid graduated from Acadia's School of Engineering in 1923 and received the B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1929.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Current 2nd year
The Gerald Leslie Eaton Scholarship is to be awarded annually to the Acadia student in engineering who, on entering the second Acadia year in engineering, has the highest record in the courses of the first year.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music
The Gmeiner Memorial Scholarship was established by alumni, friends and family in memory of Eugen F. Gmeiner, a distinguished graduate of the University of Michigan (M. Music, 1967) and winner of the National Organ Competition in Fort Wayne, Indiana (1962), the only Canadian yet to achieve this distinction. Professor Gmeiner was a member of the faculty of Acadia University from 1956 to 1977 and was University Organist from 1957.
The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the University organist, in consultation with the Director of the School of Music, to an organ student, but failing that, to a music student who has an interest in church music.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Graeme W. Boswall Scholarship is awarded annually to third or fourth year honour students in the Faculty of Science at Acadia University, with preference given to students majoring in Chemistry.
This scholarship has been funded by Dr. Graeme W. Boswall (BSCH Acadia 1947; MSC McGill 1949; PHD McGill 1959).
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology
Established in 2016 by a colleague and former research student, Dr. Anna Redden (’79, ’82, ’86), this scholarship recognizes academic excellence in honours or graduate Biology students engaged in ecological research on the Bay of Fundy, preferably with the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research, and committed to public education and community outreach. Value: $1,000
Dr. Graham R. Daborn was for three decades (1973-2004) a distinguished professor in Biology and inspiring mentor to numerous students at Acadia University. For service and ongoing contributions, he was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2009. He was the founding Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER), a facility established in 1985 to focus research attention on the Bay of Fundy. During 1996 to 2004, he co-chaired the Bay of Fundy Ecosystem Partnership and, from 2004 to 2007, he was the Director of Acadia’s Academy for the Environment. He was also instrumental in the formation and direction of the Fundy Energy Research Network and the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute. Dr. Daborn’s extensive service on boards and committees includes the Atlantic Council of the World Wildlife Fund of Canada, Canadian Water Network, NSERC, Marine Renewables Canada (formerly OREG), and the Offshore Energy Environmental Research Association of Nova Scotia. He is well known for his generosity to students, his outstanding commitment to public education on environmental issues, and his many professional contributions to not-for-profit agencies and community groups. Honours received include the 1993 Visionary Award of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment and the 2002 Outstanding Science Champion Award of the Discovery Centre of Nova Scotia.
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.
Scholarship of up to $320 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 4th year
The Gwendolyn Mary Hill Memorial Scholarship in English was provided by Dr. Allan C. Hill in memory of his wife who was a Bachelor of Arts degree graduate in 1924. It is awarded annually to the highest ranking student entering the fourth year of a Bachelor of Arts degree program with honours in English.