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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Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by Women’s Basketball Alumni (Grads 1991-97). This award will recognize a returning player who is a passionate team player exhibiting mental toughness and pride for the program. They are an athlete willing to give the “extra 5 percent” and respects those around them. The inaugural disbursement will be for the 2021-2022 academic year.
Laura Sanders was a multi-sport coach (field hockey, soccer and basketball) who led the Acadia Women’s Basketball program from 1984-2004. Laura’s passion, hard work and commitment to the program has left a lasting impression on many under her leadership. Laura was inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
Trophy | Eligibility: Athletics
The Leslie Eaton Memorial Cup presented annually to the winner of the interclass quarter mile race is the gift of Mrs. Leslie E. Eaton in memory of her husband (Acadia '03).
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Liam Blanchard Memorial Award was established in 2013 by friends of Liam Blanchard. To be awarded to a returning Acadia female rugby player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and general love of life. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity women's rugby team and the Director of Athletics.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by former female athletes coached by Liz. To be awarded to a returning women’s varsity athlete who demonstrates leadership qualities with her respective program and is in good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coaches of the women’s varsity programs. The inaugural disbursement of funds will be for the 2021-22 academic year.
Liz Vermeulen coached several women’s varsity programs through the 1960s and 70s including basketball, field hockey, volleyball and curling. Professionally, Liz has been a tireless and effective member of associations established to promote intercollegiate sports. As a member since ’62 of the Canadian Association of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, she contributed immensely to such founding programs as the Adapted Program and Teacher Education in P.E. Fittingly, in 1987, she was made a “Fellow of CAHPER”! Miss Vermeulen was also very involved in the founding committee that established in Nova Scotia the Teachers’ Association of Physical Education.
Value: $1,000+ annually
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 1st year
Established in 2019 by Anne MacFarlane and family. The award will be presented to a first-year student-athlete who is a member of the men’s hockey or football program with preference to a student enrolled in education, science or business.
The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the hockey or football program.
The Lloyd and Anne MacFarlane Family Athletic Award was created to recognize the impact the University has had on the family from which all of Lloyd (’50,’52), Anne (’52), and sons David (’77), Mark (’81), and John (’85) are graduates. Lloyd, David, and Mark all played varsity sports during their time at Acadia including hockey, rugby, and football. This award is also established in memory of Mark who passed away in 2000 and Lloyd who passed away in 2019.