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: Arts, Politics, Sociology, Graduate
Established in 2022, the J M Brown (’71) Scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic excellence to a full-time graduate student in Politics or Sociology. If there is no eligible graduate candidate, undergraduates majoring in Politics, Sociology, History or Philosophy are to be considered for this scholarship. Financial need may be used as criteria to choose between equal candidates.
Jim Brown was born and raised in Nova Scotia where he attended high school in Brookfield and spent four years at Acadia. Graduating in 1971 with a BSc in Mathematics, he spent two years at McMaster University where he met his wife, writer Dinah Shields, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim started his career in the Ottawa technology industry and, after about 10 years, found his calling as a GPS design engineer. He helped introduce GPS to the aircraft, automotive and cell phone industries and has been enjoying retirement on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario since 2015.
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.
The J. Fred Fraser Scholarship. An award of $470 a year, awarded every second year for two years, endowed by Mrs. J. Fred Fraser and family of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in memory of the late Hon. J. Fred Fraser, for many years a member of the Board of Governors of Acadia University, is to be awarded to a student with high standing and great promise with a view to assisting them to complete a university degree. The scholarship is to be a credit one half on the fees of the junior year and one half on the fees of the senior year. Failure to maintain high standing throughout the junior year will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship during the senior year.
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
Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Entering final Year
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 year’s marks and on the basis of an interview and a dossier, including a representative piece of work where applicable, which will be scrutinized by an examining committee.
J.W. Johnstone Jr. graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree as one of the 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.
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.
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: 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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Newfoundland
The Jacqueline R Carter Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering or returning student in a degree program at Acadia University. Preference will be given to a student(s) graduating from a high school in Newfoundland. The scholarship has been funded by John Carter BBA ’71 and his family, as a tribute to John’s mother, who was the University’s nurse from 1973 to 1987.
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.
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.
A sum to yield $470 has been paid to the Governors of Acadia University from the Estate of R. Althea Gould to provide a scholarship to be awarded annually to a worthy student.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The James L. Stokesbury Memorial Scholarship in History provided by the family and friends of the late Dr. Stokesbury, is awarded annually to a student entering the second or subsequent year of a program leading to a major or honours degree in History, preferably with an interest in European history. Academic performance and need will be the criteria for the awarding of the scholarship. Preference will be given to students who do not already hold major university scholarships.
Dr. James L. Stokesbury (1934 -1995) (BA Acadia, MA Western, PhD Duke) was a longtime member of the Department of History at Acadia University, serving as Head of the Department from 1980-1986. He was an outstanding teacher, and an author of international repute.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
University Entrance Scholarships valued at $3500 each ($875 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Pursuing an Honours Research Project
Established in memory of Dr. James Snowdon by friends and family, this scholarship is awarded to an honours history major in the 3rd or 4th year of study in recognition of academic excellence. The student will preferably focus their honours work on a topic in Canadian history.
Jim Snowdon, originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, graduated from the University of New Brunswick and joined the History Department at Acadia in the early 1980s where he was on faculty until shortly before his death in 2008. His research area was the history of the Maritime Provinces and material culture. He is remembered well by his colleagues and students. Value: $1,000.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year
The James W.K. Moores Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student in the Bachelor of Applied Science degree program at Acadia. Preference will be given to a student from the Campbellton/Northern New Brunswick or Middleton/Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia areas with demonstrated financial need. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Engineering. The scholarship has been established to honor James W.K. Moores (BSC-Eng. Acadia, 1951) by his three son’s James ‘79, Mark, Keith ‘81 and their families.
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.
Prize | Eligibility: Nutrition
The Jane Robb Memorial Prize in Nutrition provided by her mother, is awarded at Spring Convocation on recommendation of the Director of the School of Nutrition and Food Science to a graduating student who has exhibited leadership potential in the field of nutrition or related areas.
Bursary of up to $5,000
Established in 2017 by Jane’s Again Inc. in Wolfville, this bursary is awarded to a full-time female student who is a parent.
Jane’s Again, a women’s consignment clothing store was opened in 2008 by Jani MacDonald. Located on Main Street in Wolfville, Jane’s Again and their partners, value and are committed to giving back to the community annually in support of women and children.
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.
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.
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.”
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).
The Jean Shaw Cole Bursary is awarded annually to returning students of Acadia University with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to female students. The bursary was established in 2009 from the Estate of Jean Winnifred Travers (Cole) (BA, Acadia, 1930).
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.
The Jeanette Robinson Belyea Bursary. Securities yielding an income of $475 annually have been given to the Governors of the University to provide a bursary for a two year period for a student from the town of St. Stephen or from Charlotte County, New Brunswick, who may be nominated by the school trustees of St. Stephen.
Bursary | Eligibility: Current 2nd year
The Jennie Welton Bursary. A fund yielding $180 bequeathed by the late Jennie Welton (Acadia, 1909), shall be used annually to assist needy and deserving women students in the second year.
The Jieh-Yee Wu Scholar-Bursaries were established by Dr. Jieh-Yee Wu (D.C.L. Acadia, 1993), a resident of Hong Kong, distinguished banker and humanitarian. The fund represents the interest on a substantial gift to the University and is available to students, upon application, on the basis of scholarship and need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Award | Eligibility: Computer Science
Established in 2019 by Tracey McGillivray (’87/’15) in honour of a mentor and friend, John D. Butch, this award is granted to a full-time female computer science student who demonstrates leadership qualities through extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, athletics or arts. Preference will be given to students exhibiting financial need.
The John D. MacAskill Memorial Scholar-Bursary is established by family and friends of John D. MacAskill, B.A. (Acadia '52), B.Ed. (Acadia '54), M.Ed. (McGill '71). Dr. MacAskill played varsity hockey during his tenure at Acadia. The bursary is available to a first year student with a sound academic record and a demonstrated need for financial assistance.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The John Edgar Eaton Scholarship of $1900 ($475 a year for up to four years) endowed by the late John E. Eaton, D.C.L. (Acadia, 1890) of Boston, Massachusetts.
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.
The John Frauzel Memorial Bursaries are awarded annually to two Nova Scotia students attending Acadia University who exhibit financial need.
The endowed bursary was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Frauzel Family, to honour Mr. John Frauzel (BSC Acadia 1950; BED Acadia 1951) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School.
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.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year
The John J. Jodrey Scholarship in Applied Science is provided through the generosity of Dr. John J. Jodrey, Hon. DCL 1982, of Hantsport, Nova Scotia. The scholarship is to be awarded annually on the basis of academic merit to an entering student in applied science who has received their secondary education in one of the Atlantic provinces.
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.
The John R. Calhoun Memorial Bursary. A sum of money to yield $30 annually was given to Acadia by Mrs. Sarah G. L. Calhoun of Saint John, New Brunswick, as a gift in memory of her husband, John R. Calhoun, who died in October 1898.
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
The John V. and Cora B. Cossaboom Scholarship was established by the late John and Cora Cossaboom who were born in Digby County, Nova Scotia. The scholarship of $950 is to be awarded annually to a needy student.
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.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Art
Established in 2014 in honour of Judith Jane Leidl’s contributions as an artist and a teacher, the award is presented to a student demonstrating excellence in visual arts as recommended by the Dean of Arts in consultation with the Acadia University Art Instructor(s).
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Judson Egbert Hetherington Scholarship of $1880 ($470 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Mrs. Judson E. Hetherington of Sikeston, Missouri.
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.