Scholarships and 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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J.W. Johnstone, Jr. Scholarship in the Faculty of Professional Studies

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Entering final Year

The J.W. Johnstone, Jr. Scholarship in the Faculty of Professional Studies is awarded annually to a student entering their final year of an undergraduate degree program in the Faculty (may include BEd students if a previous degree from Acadia is held). The criteria for the scholarship shall be broadly based on academic excellence as demonstrated in the previous years marks, an interview and a dossier which will be reviewed by an examining committee. J.W. Johnstone, Jr. graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree as one of our four members of Acadia’s first graduating class in June 1843. Following graduation, he studied law in Halifax and practiced there until 1876 when he became the first County Judge for District Number 1, Halifax County. He was the first President of the Associated Alumni of Acadia College. The award is provided by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.

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Jack Bone H.M.G. Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Jack Bone H.M.G. Memorial Bursary is awarded on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to assist promising piano students in the pursuit of musical studies. The bursary, which may be renewed, will be awarded to entering or returning students originating from Cape Breton with demonstrated financial need and good academic standing.

The bursary was established by the estate of Jack Bone to commemorate three wonderful musicians who greatly influenced him; Gordon Harrigan, Allan Joseph MacDonald and St. Clair Grannum.

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Jack Scholz Memorial Award

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.

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Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Janis and Felicita Kalejs Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually to a promising student of strings on recommendation from the School of Music.

This award was established through gifts in memory of the late Dean Janis Kalejs and Professor Felicita Kalejs of the School of Music. The Kalejs', through their teaching, inspired their students to use their talents in their careers, for their own pleasure, and for the enjoyment of others: Janis in strings from 1949 to 1973 and Felicita in piano from 1949 to 1979.

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Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Jean Amy & Jane MacIntyre Memorial Award in Music is awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a student registered in that School who is making commendable progress with preference given in the study of piano or organ.

The award was first provided in 1980 by the late Mrs. MacIntyre's sister, Mrs. W.D. Burden, and daughters, Mrs. Mary Charlotte Reeves and Mrs. Jean P. Amy. The award was updated in 2005 through the generosity of the estate of Jean P. Amy (Class of ’43). Jane MacIntyre graduated from the Acadia Seminary in 1914.”

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Jean Swift Education Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year

The Jean Swift Education Award is provided annually to a student pursuing a Bachelor of Education degree. Preference will be given to a student from the Springhill/Cumberland County area with demonstrated financial need. The recipient will be chosen on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Education.

The award has been established to honour Jean Swift (DSS, Acadia, 1944) who pursued a career in educating others, by her sons David and Bruce (BSC, CAS, Acadia, 1978) Tuck.

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Joan Sutherland Murray Memorial Scholarship (Piano)

Scholarship of up to $315 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Joan Sutherland Murray Memorial Scholarship (Piano) is awarded annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a deserving student majoring in piano. The scholarship was established in memory of Mrs. Murray (B.A. Sec. Science Diploma Acadia, 1953) who, as an accomplished musician, held a life-long interest in music.

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John Hugh Robinson Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year

The John Hugh Robinson Scholarship is awarded annually to a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. The recipient will have a passion for life and possess an outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, demonstrated through a strong interest in small business management, sustainable business development and a sense of adventure. The student will take pride and have made outstanding contributions to his/her local and Acadia communities and demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning. The scholarship is established by family, friends and the Acadia community to celebrate the life of John Hugh Robinson '00 who died suddenly in November, 1999. John was a Dean's list scholar who left a profound mark on the graduating class of 2000. He was a great friend to many and underlying all of his relationships and activities was an enthusiasm and joy for life. John took great pride in his family, his friends, his home province of Newfoundland and his University.

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John MacIntyre Memorial Scholarship

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.

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John S Stevens Scholar-Bursaries

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

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Joyce Foundation Bursaries

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.

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JW Johnstone Jr Scholarship in Professional Studies

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies

The J.W. Johnstone, Jr. Scholarship in the Faculty of Professional Studies  awarded annually to a superior student entering the senior/final year of an undergraduate degree program in that Faculty. The criteria for the award of the scholarship shall be broadly based academic excellence as demonstrated in the previous years marks and on the basis of an interview and a dossier which will be scrutinized by an examining committee. J.W. Johnstone, Jr. graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree as one of our four members of Acadia's first graduating class in June 1843. Following graduation, he studied law in Halifax and practiced there until 1876 when he became the first County Judge for District Number 1, Halifax County. He was the first President of the Associated Alumni of Acadia College. The award, in the amount of $2000, is provided by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.

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