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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Harold B. Schurman Scholarships

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Prince Edward Island

The Harold B. Schurman Scholarships, two renewable entrance scholarships are awarded every third or fourth year to residents of P.E.I. who are domiciled in that province at the time of graduation from high school. Mr. Schurman was a lifelong friend and supporter of Acadia University.

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Harry Pickett (’59, ’61) Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established through a generous estate gift from alumnus Harry Pickett (’59, ’61), this bursary is awarded in recognition of financial need to hard-working students from the Maritimes in any degree program who are making a positive contribution to the community in their field of study.

A native of New Brunswick, Harry attended Acadia after working as the chemical analyst at the power plant in Newcastle Creek for two years. He earned a BA and a BEd and began his married life with Eleanor as a teacher in Quebec. As a school principal, Harry was an outstanding, versatile and respected colleague who also enjoyed skiing and bowling.

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Hugh and Linda Brown Educational Foundation Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established in 2022 by the Hugh and Linda Brown Educational Foundation, three bursaries are granted on a renewable basis to entering full-time students in any degree program. With a preference for students from Nova Scotia, the bursary is available to Atlantic Canadians in recognition of financial need, and particularly those students from disadvantaged backgrounds or are equity seeking, with a preference for those demonstrating community service.

The Hugh and Linda Brown Educational Foundation was founded in 2014 to assist financially disadvantaged individuals in Atlantic Canada, especially those in Nova Scotia, obtain an education and employment, thereby enhancing their life outcomes and society in general. Growing up in Amherst, Nova Scotia, both Hugh and Linda strongly believe that post-secondary education can create a world of opportunities for youth. The Foundation Board is made up of Hugh and Linda’s family, including Sean Brown (’98) and Lesley Brown (’02).

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