Scholarships and 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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Lad Javorek Memorial Awards

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Exchange

The Lad Javorek Memorial Awards are provided annually to two students entering their third or subsequent year of study at Acadia that has been accepted to participate in a recognized International Exchange or Study Abroad program. Preference will be given to students who has shown financial need and an interest in International Trade/Business. The recipients will be selected in direct consultation with the Coordinator- International Education.

This award was established in 2012 through the generosity of the John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Javorek family, to honour Lad Javorek, a good friend and business colleague who had a positive impact on John Bragg, particularly as it related to the development of International Trade/Business.

BY MARCH 1: Please submit a one page letter to, indicating why you would like to study abroad and how this opportunity will advance your career goals especially in the area of International Trade and Business.

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Lan Kwan Sum Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2015 by the Estate of Lan Kwan Sum, Class of 1976. To be granted on a renewable basis to female students in any full-time program who demonstrate financial need and satisfactory academic performance. Preference to entering permanent residents of Hong Kong or landed immigrants to Canada from Hong Kong.

Lan Kwan Sum graduated from Acadia University with a MEd in Special Education in 1976. Originally from Hong Kong, she held a strong belief in the value of a good education. As a foreign student, Ms. Sum had developed a deep understanding about the financial and psychological hardships that some Hong Kong students experienced when they were pursuing their studies.

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Lois Duffy Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Lois Duffy Award was provided by friends and colleagues to honour Lois G. Duffy, CPS (BA Secretarial 1948) on her retirement from Atlantic Provinces Economic Council. The award is made annually on the recommendation of the School of Music to a promising and deserving third or fourth year vocal student with an aptitude for oratorio and church music. An alternate acceptable candidate would be a music student with an interest in choral conducting.

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Lyle Davis Community Engagement Award

Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Community Development, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Lyle Davis Community Engagement Award is presented to a returning Acadia student in Community Development. This award honours Lyle Davis who worked for Acadia University from 1983-1991 and had a deep connection to the Recreation Management and Community Development Department. Lyle Davis was fun-loving, lived an active lifestyle, was an inspirational leader, optimistic, deeply connected to others and lived life fully. He was an avid outdoor enthusiast and musician, and he pursued many other hobbies until his untimely death in a climbing accident at Lake Louise in 1991.

This award was created and funded by Lyle’s family, friends, colleagues, and alumni and faculty members of the Community Development Department because of the inspiration and vision he created for them. The award recognizes a returning Community Development student who is passionate about the outdoors and/or active living, has infectious optimism, fosters deep connections to others, is fun loving, and demonstrates inspirational leadership.

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Lynn Barkhouse Music Education Award

Award of up to $115 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 3rd year

The Lynn Barkhouse Music Education Award. An award given annually by the Acadia Music Club to one student ($115) or two students ($57.50 each) registered in the third year of the Bachelor of Music Education degree program. The award will be granted on the basis of above-average scholastic achievement, financial need, and interest in teaching music.

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