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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J R (Pat) Ellis Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The J R (Pat) Ellis Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student entering Acadia University from southwest Nova Scotia. The recipient will be a student for whom the cost of post-secondary education might be an impediment to attendance. This scholar-bursary was established in honour of Mr JR (Pat) Ellis, Chairman of Acadia's Board of Governors from 1990-1999 in recognition of his contribution to the University both as a friend and long-time benefactor and to reflect his wish that all students who are academically eligible should have the privilege of attending Acadia University.

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JD Walker Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia

The JD Walker Bursary is awarded annually, for the years 2003-2011 to an entering student who is a graduate of Bridgetown High School. Subsequent to 2011 the bursary will be open to an entering student from any high school in Nova Scotia. The bursary is awarded on the basis of demonstrated financial need and satisfactory academic performance with a preference for a student who has made a contribution to school life through activities such as drama, music and athletics.

The bursary is made possible through the generosity of the late Jack D Walker (BA, Acadia, 1049; BEd, Acadia, 1950) of Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. Mr. Walker had a distinguished career in public school teaching and administration.

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Jean Cochrane Machum Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Jean Cochrane Machum Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student from the Wolfville area who has been active in extra curricular activities. Preference will be given to a female student. The scholarship was established by Donald A. Machum (Acadia '48) in memory of his wife Jean E. Cochrane Machum (Acadia '51).

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John and Margaret Forbes Award in Entrepreneurship

Award of up to $15,000 | Eligibility: Current 3rd year, Nova Scotia

Established in 2018 by Margaret and Gerald Kazma through the Kazma Family Foundation in honour and memory of Margaret's brother John A. Forbes and wife Margaret (MacIsaac), this renewable award is granted to third-year students annually, one female and one male. Preferably from Nova Scotia, the recipients display entrepreneurial spirit, academic achievement and financial need.

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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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