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: Music, Entering first year
The Laura Payzant-Doleman Music Award is awarded annually to an entering student pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree who through his or her academic accomplishments and extra-curricular activities shows merit and promise in the field of music. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.
This Award was established and made available through the generosity of James and Ronald Doleman who wished to provide a gift in celebration of the life and legacy of their mother Laura Payzant-Doleman (BMus , Acadia, 1936). Laura was an accomplished musician and music teacher and in a career of 50 years mentored 1000 students through the Royal Conservatory of Music program.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Laurie and Marilyn Stevens Award is awarded annually to a student entering an undergraduate program at Acadia, with preference given to a resident of Nova Scotia. Laurie Stevens graduated from the Acadia School of Engineering in 1955 and conducted a successful business career in Nova Scotia. Marilyn Stevens graduated in 1955 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and a Diploma in Secretarial Sciences.
Award | Eligibility: Applied Science, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Laurie B. Stevens Memorial Award is awarded annually to an entering or returning student in the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Science, or Certificate of Applied Science program at Acadia. Laurie Stevens graduated from the Acadia School of Engineering in 1955 and conducted a successful business career in Nova Scotia.
Bursary | Eligibility: Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Lester and Evangeline Giffin Bursary is awarded annually, on the basis of financial need, to an entering or returning student, with preference given to students graduating from Middleton Regional High School in Nova Scotia who show a strong desire to attend university and demonstrate qualities of sound character and academic ability. This bursary has been funded by Audrey E. Bateman (BA Acadia, 1950, BED Acadia, 1951) Ronald S. Giffin (CAS Acadia, 1954), Frederick S. Giffin (BSC Acadia, 1963) and Wilfred L. Giffin (CAS Acadia, 1948) in honour of their parent’s Lester D. Giffin and Evangeline W. Giffin whose love and encouragement enabled members of the Giffin family to pursue a university education.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Lily and Margaret Lynds Scholarship of $1880 ($470 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Misses Lillian and Margaret Lynds of Moncton, New Brunswick.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year
The Lloyd E. Shaw Scholarship of $450 ($150 a year for up to three years) provided by the late L. E. Shaw, Halifax, Nova Scotia, is to be awarded to a student entering the field of applied science (engineering) with a high academic standing.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Lucy V. (Gates) Shelzi Entrance Scholarships are annually awarded to students with high academic standing and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The scholarships are named in memory of Lucy V. (Gates) Shelzi, a distinguished graduate of the Class of 1926, teacher, librarian and humanitarian. Preference will be given to a student resident in Yarmouth County.