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 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Physics
The J. Glen Tillotson Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who achieves high academic standing in an Electronics course, within the Department of Physics. The recipient will be selected by the Physics Department’s Scholarship Committee. This scholarship honours the memory of the late Professor Tillotson, a faculty member and expert in the area of electronics and acoustics in the Department of Physics from 1955 until 1986 and recognizes his contributions in developing the electronics offerings at Acadia.
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology
Established in 2020 by friends, colleagues, and former students in honour of Dr. Sherman Bleakney (1928-2019), a two-time Acadia graduate and professor of zoology at Acadia from 1957 until his retirement in 1988. Awards are made at the discretion of the Head of Biology to students pursuing honours research in Biology, with a preference for studies in zoology or marine ecology. Value: up to $1,000
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Kinesiology
The Jack Scholz Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by a grateful former student-athlete in memory of Jack Scholz. Jack was a strong leader and an inspirational member of the Acadia community. A professor in Acadia's School of Recreation and Physical Education, he served for many years as the Head Coach of the men's and women's varsity swim teams, and was the founder of the S.M.I.L.E program. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a varsity athlete who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills, commitment to achievement and teamwork. Preference for a member of the swim team. Where possible, the award will be made to a swimmer who is enrolled in a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Kinesiology.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Entering first year
The James Douglas Wright Memorial Scholarship in Geology was established from the Estate of Christine M. Wright (Acadia Seminary '26). J. D. Wright graduated B.A. Acadia, in 1927. The scholarship is awarded to a superior entering student in the B.Sc. in Geology program.
Bursary of up to $2,950 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Jane Louise Robb Memorial Bursary. A sum of money to yield $2950 annually has been provided by the family in memory of Jane Louise Robb, a student in the former School of Home Economics, 1975-76. The money will be awarded on recommendation of the Director of Nutrition and Dietetics to one or more continuing students.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Joanne Strum Memorial Scholarship established by family and friends in memory of Joanne Strum (1965-1987), the income from this fund is available for the support of a Canadian student entering the second or subsequent year of an undergraduate program in Computer Science. The recipient shall have good academic standing, demonstrated financial need and shall not hold any other major award. The award shall be made by the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee, acting on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Computer Science.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year
The John Endon Sproule Entrance Scholarship ($1000 annually for up to four years) is awarded each year to an entering student who has a distinguished high school record. Preference will be given to a student registering in Science. Mr. Sproule (E.C. Acadia, 1913; B.Sc. (C.E.) McGill, 1916) was an engineer with the Ontario Hydro Electric Power Commission.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Science, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition, Physics, Psychology
The John MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more Men’s Varsity Soccer player(s) who is/are in their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia. Preference will be given to Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Kinesiology student-athlete(s) of high academic standing, who display sportsmanship and strong leadership skills. The award(s) will be chosen on the recommendation of the head coach of the Men’s Soccer team and Director of Varsity Athletics.
John MacIntyre (BSc, Acadia, 1997), as a member of the Varsity Men’s Soccer team was both an AUS All-Star and Academic All-Canadian award recipient. This endowed scholarship was established in 2005 by Mary, Gus and Janet MacIntyre in memory of their son and brother.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The John S Stevens Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to one student in the Bachelor of Applied Science or Certificate in Applied Science program and to one student in the Bachelor of Education degree program who aspires to a career in special education. Preference will be given to students from Nova Scotia. These scholar-bursaries are awarded to entering or in-course students on the basis of financial need and academic performance. These scholar-bursaries are made possible through an endowment from the late John S. Stevens (CAS Acadia 1945
Award of up to $3,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year
The Jonathan Andrews Memorial Award. Established in 2013 by family and friends in memory of Jonathan Andrews. To be awarded to a returning Acadia second year undergraduate science student in recognition of an exceptional connection with the greater community. Through the use of intellect, empathy, and humour, the recipient will have had significant positive impact on others. Awards will be made based on applications to be reviewed by committee.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Jordan Bursaries. Through the will of the late Mrs. Janet C. Jordan, the sum of $520 is available for assistance of needy women. One half is to be used to assist needy women in the Faculty of Arts and the other half to assist students in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Bursary of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Prince Edward Island
The Joyce Foundation Bursaries, valued at $5,000 annually and renewable, providing a maximum of four years of support per recipient, will be directed in particular to Canadian students preferably from Atlantic Canada or Ontario with demonstrated financial need who have shown exceptionality through a combination of volunteerism, leadership, citizenship, and character.
The Joyce Foundation was created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce. His philanthropy reflects a deep-rooted sense of responsibility to give back to his community. The Foundation's primary focus is to provide access to education for children and youth with significant financial need or facing other socio-economic barriers to success. Born in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia in 1930, Mr. Joyce is best known as the legendary Canadian entrepreneur who, in 1964, invested in the first Tim Hortons donut shop in Hamilton, Ontario and then grew the business into one of the most successful food service chains in the world.