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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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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Jack Scholz Swimming Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2015 by alumni and friends in Jack Scholz’s memory, this scholarship is awarded annually to a member of the women’s or men’s varsity swim team in recognition of academic excellence. As a Professor of Physical Education from 1973-1995, Jack Scholz also served as Head Coach of the women’s and men’s varsity swim teams, and was the founder of Acadia’s S.M.I.L.E. Program.

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James and Dorothy McNally Bursaries

Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics

The James and Dorothy McNally Bursaries are provided to two students from the Atlantic Provinces, in their second or subsequent year of an undergraduate degree, with a minimum 70% academic average. The recipients will have demonstrated strong leadership-character type qualities and financial need. One recipient is to be a varsity athlete and will be selected based on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics. The second is to be involved in extra-curricular activities, other than varsity athletics, and will be selected by the University Bursary and Loan Committee.

The awards have been established to honour James and Dorothy McNally by their children Carole(UNB), Daniel(Acadia), Stephen(Acadia), Mary(DAL), Gregory(DAL), Edward(Acadia) and John(Acadia), all who benefited greatly from their parents commitment to providing and supporting them in their educational and extra-curricular pursuits.

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Jim 'Lefty' MacVicar Memorial Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year

The Jim 'Lefty' MacVicar Memorial Awards are awarded annually to two Nova Scotia students entering a degree program at Acadia University with a minimum 75% entering average. The awards will be made on the basis of academic performance and commitment to athletics prior to attending Acadia University. Preference will be given to students who are a member of an Acadia University varsity athletics team.

The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the MacVicar Family, to honour late Jim "Lefty" MacVicar (BA Acadia, 1955; BED Acadia 1956) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School. Jim was a proud Axeman on the Acadia University hockey team.

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John and Helen Huard Football Awards

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

John & Helen Huard Football Awards were established in 2020 by former members of the varsity football program coached by John Huard. The awards will be presented to student-athletes who are members of the men’s football program. The recipients shall be in good academic standing, show a passion for guiding and inspiring teammates to compete at the highest level and be positive role models in the community. The recipients will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the men’s football program.

The John & Helen Huard Football Awards were created to recognize the impact John Huard had at Acadia University. John guided the football Axemen program to two national championship titles in 1979 and 1981. His disciplined approach to coaching and in life made a positive impact on the lives of those who played for him.

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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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