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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Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Karl and Judy Larsen Scholarship was established in 2010 to provide a scholarship for Nova Scotian students entering the business program at Acadia University.
Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
Established in 2014 by Kathryn Swenson (’63), the bursary is awarded to an entering full-time undergraduate student from New Brunswick, with a preference for Saint John. The recipient must demonstrate financial need.
From Saint John High School, Kathryn Swenson graduated from Acadia University with a BA (1963), a BEd (1965) and completed her MEd (Counselling) at the University of Maine in Orono. After teaching for a decade, Kathie continued her career in education as a leader in government at the provincial level in Nova Scotia.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year
The Keith L. Mailman Scholarship in Music is awarded annually to a student from Atlantic Canada entering the first year of undergraduate study in music. The scholarship, made possible by the generosity of Daigle Wholesalers Limited of Port Williams, was established in memory of Keith Mailman, an amateur musician, valued employee and friend, who died tragically in January 1996.
Scholarship of up to $1,185 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Kenneth A. Killam Scholarship. A scholarship established by Kenneth A. Killam of Laconia, New Hampshire, is to be awarded annually to a third or fourth year student in the Bachelor of Science program who is specializing in mathematics or physics with the intention of doing graduate work and who is not already receiving a major scholarship. The award will be made to a student of worthy scholastic standing who gives evidence of the necessary character, potential, and motivation for success in the chosen field with preference being given to a candidate from the Province of Nova Scotia. The selection will be made by the Chairperson of the Scholarship Committee and the Heads of the Mathematics and Physics Departments.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Mathematics and Statistics
To be awarded to a full-time entering or returning Acadia student with a major in Mathematics and Statistics. Ken was active in student and academic life at Acadia, and had a passion for debate, student politics and mathematics – in the latter of which he tutored veterans when they returned from the Second World War. Following his time at Acadia, Ken went on to graduate from MIT. This award was established in 2014 by Marjorie Matheson ’48, in memory of her husband.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by friends of former Athletic Director Kevin Dickie. To be awarded to a male and female student-athlete who demonstrate leadership qualities with their respective team and in the community. The recipients shall be in good academic standing. The recipients will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics. Kevin Dickie served as Athletic Director from 2011 until his retirement in 2021. Over that time, one of Kevin’s priorities was nurturing development of leadership within the department and in the community.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by former hockey athletes of Kevin Dickie. To be awarded to a men’s hockey player who is in good academic standing and show leadership on the team and in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and the Director of Athletics.
Kevin Dickie coached the hockey Axemen for three seasons from 1997 to 2000 leading the program to three consecutive conference championships. In his rookie season behind the bench, Acadia earned a silver medal at the University Cup in Saskatoon. Kevin returned to Acadia as Director of Varsity Athletics from 2011 until his retirement in 2021. During his collective 13 years at Acadia, Kevin’s leadership and positive influence helped countless student-athletes excel in athletics, academics and community life.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Kevin Powell Memorial Award is awarded annually to a student in the second, third or fourth year of a degree program. This award is designated for a member of the Acadia Axemen Hockey team who demonstrates character, team leadership and motivation, as well as community spirit and involvement. In the event that there are no eligible members of the Acadia Axemen Hockey team, the award may be made to any active varsity athlete. The endowed award was established in 2004 by Joyce and Grant Powell and family in memory of their son Kevin.
The Khaki University and YMCA Memorial Scholarship. An endowed scholarship of $280 has been assigned to Acadia University, the income from which is to be given at the discretion of the faculty. The scholarship shall be used for undergraduate purposes.
Award | Eligibility: International student
The Killam American Award is awarded annually to up to three citizens of the United States who live in residence at Acadia. The award may also be used to assist a Canadian student enrolled at Acadia to attend a university in the United States for one year only. Established in 2001, the award provides support up to a maximum of total residence fees.
Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Kimberley Ann Nadeau Memorial Bursary will be awarded annually to a female student with demonstrated financial need entering the Faculty of Science. Preference will be given to a student from Pictou County, NS else from Horton High School. If there are no eligible candidates for science, then consideration is to be given to a female student entering any faculty in the order previously described and failing that, any entering female student from Nova Scotia.
The bursary was established in memory of Kimberley Nadeau (BSC, Acadia, 1994) by her family in 2010. Kim began her education in the Westville, NS school system. Moving with her family she continued her education in Bridgewater, a year in France, finally graduating from Horton High. She was passionate about biology and had a love and admiration for all animals. Having graduated in 1994, she was not able to fulfill her life’s ambition as she courageously fought Hodgkin’s disease but was taken from us in the fall of 1995.
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: New Brunswick
Established in 2018 by Kim Meechan ('80, '81, '84), this bursary is awarded to a student from Moncton, New Brunswick, Preferably having attended Harrison Trimble High School, in recognition of financial need.
Award of up to $6,000 | Eligibility: Geology, Returning student (has completed Acadia University Geology Field School)
The Kirk Woodman Memorial Award is awarded annually to a returning student majoring in Geology, who has completed the Acadia University Geology field school, on the recommendation of the Earth and Environmental Science department. The deserving recipient will be a well-rounded individual with strong quality of character and integrity, viewed as a leader by faculty and peers alike. The recipient must enjoy working in a variety of field conditions, be able to work independently or in a team, and have well-developed communication and interpersonal skills. Preference will be given to a student demonstrating community involvement and one who regularly enriches the lives of others.
Established in 2019, the Kirk Woodman Memorial Award is made available through the generosity of family, friends, colleagues, and fellow alumni. Kirk Woodman (’85) was a brilliant and dedicated field geoscientist who regularly immersed himself in the communities in which he worked. He was a visionary in community-oriented exploration and leaves behind a legacy as an advocate for the social license to operate within communities. To honour his memory and life’s work, the Kirk Woodman Memorial Award will recognize the next generation of field geoscientists who share in Kirk’s love for people, communities, travel, and nature. This award will begin in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The Kirton Scholarship was established in grateful memory of Philip Walter Kirton (1909-84) by Dr. J.R.C. Perkin, President, Acadia University (1982-93). The scholarship is awarded annually to a Canadian undergraduate student entering the second or subsequent year of study at Acadia who has demonstrated academic excellence and the potential for leadership.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Kristin Pipe Memorial Award is awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics and the Varsity Football Coach to a second or subsequent year Acadia varsity football player. The recipient should be committed to excellence both as a student and athlete while demonstrating exemplary leadership and dedication both on and off the field. The recipient will demonstrate similar characteristics to which made Kristin Pipe so special. The award is in memory of Kristin Pipe (BBA Acadia, 2003) who attended Acadia University from 1999 until 2004 and played quarterback. Kristin always put the team first and demonstrated outstanding leadership. He was a true champion and positive role model, who fought a private, personal health battle while at Acadia before passing away shortly thereafter in 2005 at the age of 26.