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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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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Laura Taylor Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000

Established in 2018 by Laura Taylor ('61), this bursary is granted to a full-time student preferably from Cape Breton or outside of Canada, in recognition of financial need.

Laura Taylor grew up in Cape Breton and worked in the US prior to attending Acadia. Following graduation in 1961, she worked at Children's Aid Society in Kentville and travelled Europe before settling in western Canada and earning two more degrees. She had a full career in social work with the City of Calgary and is a world traveler and an artist, volunteering in Brazil, Poland and Latvia for three years after retirement. Value: $1,000.

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Lester and Evangeline Giffin Bursary

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.

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Libby Burnham Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science

The Libby Burnham Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to students in the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to well-rounded students entering their first year of studies.

The bursary has been established by Libby Burnham, who graduated from Acadia University in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History. She went on to receive her law degree at Dalhousie University and also received an honorary degree in 2000 from Acadia University.

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Lillian I. Wambolt Bursary


The Lillian I. Wambolt Bursary, established through the will of Lillian I. Wambolt, will provide financial assistance to needy and deserving students at the sole discretion of the President and/or Vice President (Academic) of Acadia.

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Lou and Gloria Thurber Bursary


Established through the generosity of Lou Thurber (’49, ’50), the Lou and Gloria Thurber Bursary is awarded annually to entering students in second semester on the basis of financial need. Two $5,000 awards are available annually – one for a student from Barrington Passage, NS, and one from Freeport, NS.

Lou and Gloria Thurber attended Acadia University in the 1940s, graduating in 1949 with a BA, and Lou again in 1950 with a BEd. They spent their lives in Barrington Passage where Lou was a teacher, and raising a family, including Acadia alumni Judith (BAH ’74) and Gary (BSc ’80, BScH ’82), and granddaughter Bethany (BScH ’08).

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