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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Jieh-Yee Wu Scholar-Bursaries


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.

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John D. MacAskill Memorial Scholar-Bursary


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.

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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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