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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Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Mabel A. (Wile) Ogilvie Scholar Bursary is established by family and friends in the memory of Mabel (Wile) Ogilvie who graduated from Windsor Academy and the Nova Scotia Teachers College. It is to be awarded to a first year student from Hants County who may be proceeding to university study directly from high school or entering after up to five years. The recipient’s academic achievement level must be that of an entrance scholarship recipient.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year
The MacDonald Chisholm Scholarship in Business is provided by MacDonald Chisholm Incorporated and awarded annually to the student who has the highest academic standing in year one who proceeds to year two.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
These scholarships were endowed in 1989 by Mr. Donald MacKay (Acadia 1929) and Mrs. Rose (Chamber) Mackay (Acadia 1930) in memory of their son Donald Gordon MacKay, who was born in Arvida, Quebec in 1940 and died in 1965 while working as a mechanical engineer on petroleum exploration in Libya. The income from the endowment shall be used to provide scholarships for Canadian undergraduate students, entering their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia, who have achieved high academic standing, who are following a broadly-based program, and who have demonstrated qualities of leadership and personal integrity. Each year a recommendation will be made by the Director of the School of Computer Science, and the Heads of the Departments of Chemistry and Physics. If no award is made, the income shall be added to the capital endowment.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The MacLean Awards are awarded, on a renewable basis, to all-around academic students from Canada who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in athletic activities. The awards are made, on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics, to students on the University's varsity football team. The awards may be held for a maximum of five years. This gifted award was established by Donald MacLean CAS 57' and Patricia MacLean in 2005.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year
The MacNeill Scholar-Bursary will be offered in the amount of $4000 to a student entering full-time study at Acadia, in any discipline, who has and maintains an average of 80%. The scholar-bursary will be renewable for four years, or until the student graduates, whichever comes first.
The scholar-bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of alumni H. Gordon MacNeill, BA’48 DCL’87 DD (Knox College) and Barbara MacLellan MacNeill BA’50
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts
The MacNeily Family Bursary will be awarded annually to an entering or returning student to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts. Preference will be given to all round students involved with school life. This bursary was established in May 2009 by Ian MacNeily (BA Acadia, 1981) in memory of Murray MacNeily (BSc, Acadia 1954) and Jack MacNeily (BSc, Acadia, 1949; BEd, Acadia 1951)
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2016 by Mary Whitney MacVicar (’90) and Allan MacVicar (’92), the award is granted annually in recognition of financial need. The recipient is a male student actively involved in athletic pursuits (varsity, club or external) while attending Acadia. Bursary applicants must convey in writing how this bursary will support their academic and athletic endeavours.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Professional Studies, Business Administration
Established in 2019 by Annapolis Valley Radio, this award recognizes a returning female varsity student-athlete enrolled in business. Preference will be given to a student who expresses an interest in a journalism career. The recipient must be in good academic standing, demonstrate leadership on the team and in the community. Value: $1,000.
Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Politics, Sociology
The Magill Scholarship. Established in 2012 by Dennis Magill (Class of 1961). To be awarded to two full-time students(s) entering their final year of study in Sociology or Political Science, who have demonstrated excellent academic performance. Preference for students demonstrating financial need.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2018 in memory of Fred Kelly who was Hockey Head Coach from 1927 to 1966 and Director of Varsity Athletics from 1940 to 1967. During his stay of forty years at Acadia, the “major” or “Kel” as he was so fondly called, coached almost every intercollegiate sport. He inspired teams to approximately 50 Maritime or provincial intercollegiate championships in track and field, English rugby, swimming, hockey and basketball. Included are 31 out of a possible 33 Maritime Intercollegiate titles in track and field.
To be awarded annually to an athlete in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, and is in good academic standing. Preference will be given to a men’s hockey player.
The Manford Wendell McCutcheon Bursary provides $660, being the annual interest yielded from an endowment given by two brothers and a sister of the late Manford Wendell McCutcheon (Acadia, 1914 '16). Preference is to be given to a graduate of the Saint John High School (New Brunswick) enrolling for a course in Science. Reversion, if necessary, would be to a student from New Brunswick at large.
Award | Eligibility: Business Administration
Established in 2019 by an anonymous alumnus of the Manning School of Business. To be awarded to a returning full-time student in the Manning School in recognition of exceptional promise, aptitude and emerging talent, with preference for students from the Maritimes and/or students specializing in Finance. The award will be made by the Manning School’s Scholarship and Awards Committee to one of the nominees recommended by the School’s Director. Financial need may be taken into account. Value: $1,000.
Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Margaret and Mary Millard Memorial Prize. A fund was established by Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Millard of Liverpool in memory of their daughters Margaret and Mary. The sum of $15 is awarded as a prize to the student in nutrition making the highest standing in theoretical and practical work.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Art, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
An annual scholarship is awarded to a student registered in a painting course in the Art Department who has demonstrated artistic abilities and is recommended by the Head of that Department. This scholarship is provided by Mrs. E.L. MacLeod in honour of Mrs. MacKechnie, a graduate of the Acadia Ladies Seminary (1896).
Established in 2019 in memory of Margaret Anne Gidney ('71, '73) by her husband Anthony Nelson Sharpe PhD, this bursary is awarded to full-time students preferably from Digby Regional High School in recognition of financial need.
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology
Established in 2017 by Margaret E. MacKay, this bursary is granted annually to a full-time student majoring in Biology who demonstrates financial need as well as creativity through artistic endeavours. The recipient is preferably from or has some connection to Pictou County, Nova Scotia.
Margaret MacKay grew up in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia and graduated from Acadia with a BSc in Biology in 1972. She taught school in Halifax and Pictou County while pursuing her love of painting.
Scholarship of up to $525 | Eligibility: Arts, English, French, German, History, Politics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Margaret L. Ford Scholarships in English (4), History (4), Political Science (4), French (4) and German (4) were endowed by the late Ms. Ford (B.A. Acadia, 1922; M.A. Toronto, 1930) who was born in Wolfville and was a distinguished teacher in schools in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Ontario. They are awarded annually to the top students in years one, two, three and four in English, history, political science, French and German.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Graduate
Two scholarships awarded on the recommendation of the Biology Department to a third year Honours Biology student (planning on entering the fourth year) or a Graduate Student. Students should be working on a research topic related to Environmental Biology and leading to an Honours degree or Masters degree. The scholarships are intended to fund research undertaken during the summer months (May 1 to September 1). Applications, with a description of the proposed research topic should be submitted to the Head of the Biology Department by March 15th of each year.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Newfoundland
Established in 2016, the Margaret R. Cohen Scholar-Bursary is awarded to a full-time student preferably from Central Newfoundland in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
Margaret Cohen grew up in Grand Falls, NL, graduated from Acadia in 1981 with a BSc (Math), and furthered her studies at Queens University, completing an LLB in 1984. She currently is a Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a leading international law firm, practicing in Boston, MA.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Margaret S. Sterling Scholarship of $960 ($320 a year for up to three years) was endowed by the late Miss A. Clyde Sterling of Kentville, Nova Scotia.
The Marguerita Joy Cutten Scholarship. Originally endowed by the late President Emeritus of Acadia and Colgate Universities, George Barton Cutten, and the late Mrs. Cutten, and subsequently enhanced by the Classes of 1920, 1921 and 1922, an endowed scholarship with an annual value of $2200 has been established in memory of Marguerita Joy Cutten (1902 1926), a graduate of the Class of 1922. At the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, two scholarships of equal value may be awarded.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Marianne Cochrane Lockwood Scholarship. A scholarship with an annual value of $80 provided through a legacy of the late Mrs. Bethia E. (Locke) Lockwood of Lockeport, Nova Scotia, is to be awarded annually to the student in nutrition who has completed the second year with highest standing and who continues the work during the third year. The scholarship will be credited on the fees of the third year.
Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Marion McColl Prize in Nutrition. A fund was donated by graduates in home economics and members of the Home Economics Club in memory of the late Marion McColl (Acadia, '32). It yields $60 as a prize to be awarded to a second or third year student in nutrition on conditions determined by the faculty in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Marjorie Manning Fountain Scholar-Bursary to be awarded annually for study in The Fred C. Manning School of Business Administration to a student who has been a resident of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada for a period of ten years or more. The award could be made for study in any year and could be renewed at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.
The Marjorie Mitchell Cann Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually on the basis of financial need and academic performance to a female student entering her senior year. The scholar-bursary is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Marjorie Mitchell Cann (Acadia 1940, BSc Math) of Pensacola, Florida.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2019 by former Axemen hockey teammates of Mark MacFarlane (’81). To be awarded to a returning hockey player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity hockey team and the Director of Athletics.
Mark MacFarlane was a skilled player who displayed a unique sense of humour. He placed great importance on a high level of academic achievement. Beyond hockey, Mark was not shy about building relationships with good students and professors alike. His teammates appreciated his dedication to his career as an educator, his faith and family. Value: $1,000.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Martha Hall Vanderpoel Mills Memorial Scholarships were established in 1989 through the Estate of Katherine V. Mills in memory of her mother. The scholarships are available to residents of Annapolis County studying in the Faculty of Science with preference given to students majoring in physics, geology, chemistry or mathematics.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Mary Alice Reid Entrance Scholarships. Two at $710 are awarded every third or fourth year or as otherwise available. The funds are made available through a bequest from Miss Mary Alice Reid (Seminary, 1909) of Montreal, Quebec.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics
The Mary and Walter McCowan Scholar-Bursary. Established in 2008 by Mary (’39) and WalterMcCowan, in memory of Mary’s parents, Freda and Hubert Nickerson. The scholar-bursary is intended for students entering or returning to the Faculty of Science at Acadia University, with a preference given to students majoring in Mathematics and Statistics.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Mary Carolyn Gower Memorial Award is available annually to a deserving student of the nutrition program on recommendation of its director. The endowment was provided from the estate of Harriet Agnes (Allen) Gower, 18981988, whose husband Charles Ronald Gower, and daughter Mary Carolyn Gower, graduated from Acadia in 1929 and 1960 respectively.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Mathematics and Statistics Scholarship is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to an entering or continuing student, majoring in that department, who has demonstrated excellence and potential to excel in the discipline. Funds may be awarded during the spring and summer to students engaged in research activities. The scholarship was established through the generosity of former students, faculty and friends of the Department to promote and reward excellence in Mathematics and Statistics.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration
Established by Matthew Balsor (’11) in 2018, this scholar-bursary is granted in recognition of academic excellence and financial need to a full-time in-course undergraduate enrolled in the F.C. Manning School of Business. The recipient displays their well-rounded character through extracurricular activities in the community or on campus.
Matthew graduated from Acadia University with an Honours BBA and says, “I was fortunate enough to have my post-secondary education paid for through scholarships and bursaries and am in a position to be able to give back and help others who are working hard to help themselves.” Matthew furthered his credentials with a CIM and FCUIC, having worked in finance before returning to be employed at his alma mater.
Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, History
Established in 2016 by family and friends of Matthew Kennedy, this bursary is awarded to a student in any year who is majoring in history and has financial need.
Matthew and his wife Lindsay (Connolly) graduated from Acadia in 2006 and 2007 respectively, and moved to Calgary where he worked as a Private Banker for TD Bank. Matt enjoyed hockey and softball, fishing and outdoor life at his cottage, and most of all his wife and daughter Ella.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Philosophy
The Matthew Kohlenberg Memorial Award in Philosophy. Established in memory of Matthew Kohlenberg in 2013 by his family and friends, on the recommendation of the Department of Philosophy, the award will be given to a returning full-time Bachelor of Arts student majoring in Philosophy who demonstrates (1) a passion for learning evidenced by academic excellence together with active and inclusive participation in the learning process; and (2) either (i) well-rounded engagement and camaraderie within the university community or (ii) financial need. As an Honours Philosophy student at Acadia, Matthew searched for truth and meaning. He had passion and purpose. Matthew was always smiling and enjoyed engaging with people. He was genuine, compassionate, creative, articulate and had a sharp mind.
Scholarship of up to $835 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Maurice Haycock Scholarship in Geology. Established in 1986 by Dr. Maurice Haycock and Mrs. Katharine Blackadar Haycock of Ottawa, Ontario. This scholarship is named in honour of Dr. Maurice Haycock (B.Sc. Acadia, 1926; Ph.D. Princeton), geologist, artist, musician and author. The award is to a student of high academic standing entering the second or subsequent year of a program leading to a degree in geology at Acadia.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Prince Edward Island
The Maynard F. Schurman Scholarship of $470 a year for up to four years endowed by Mrs. Maynard F. Schurman of Summerside, Prince Edward Island, is to be awarded to a qualified entrant.
Award of up to $10,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2018 by Stephen and Penny McCain. To be awarded to a male and a female student-athlete in recognition of their leadership, character, community involvement, and good academic standing. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics
Established in 2015 by Tracey McGillivray. To be awarded to a returning female varsity athlete in applied sciences, engineering or mathematics. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum 80% average, and present strong leadership qualities in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coaches of the female varsity athletic programs.
Scholarship of up to $850 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Merle Fowler Bancroft Memorial Scholarship in the area of field research in Geology is provided by the late Marjorie K. (Haley) Bancroft (Acadia Ladies Seminary, 1914), as a memorial to her late husband. Prof. Bancroft (B.A. Acadia, 1911; B.A. Yale, 1913) was a geologist, teacher and author, and was Professor and Head of Geology at Acadia from 1923 to 1960.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, French, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Mildred Schurman Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second or subsequent year student in the B.A. program with a major or honours in French and who intends to enter the B.Ed. program. The scholarships are provided through the Estate of Mildred Carolyn Schurman (B.A. Acadia, 1916; M.A., 1919) who dedicated her life to the teaching profession.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Minnie A. Poole Scholarship was established through the Estate of Mrs. Minnie A. (Poole) Scott (Diploma Acadia Ladies' Seminary, 1924) to provide support for one or more student(s) of solo piano forte in the Bachelor of Music program on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.
The Minnie Brown Cutten Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Claire Cutten Manwell (Acadia 1925) and Mrs. Muriel Cutten Hoitsma (Acadia 1924) in memory of their mother (Acadia 1896) who was the wife of Dr. George B. Cutten, President of Acadia, 1910 1922. The fund provides five in course scholarships of approximately $980 for superior students who are Deans' Scholars and who do not already hold a major award.
Scholarship of up to $10,000 | Eligibility: Computer Science
Established in 2018 by alumnus Mirko Wicha ('82), this scholarship is awarded to entering or returning Computer Science students in recognition of academic excellence. Preference will be given to qualifying varsity soccer players.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year
Established in 2016 by Claire (’89) and Kirk VanBlarcom (’85) in loving memory of Claire’s mother, Moira Grace Crawford (1942-2016), this award is granted to an entering student in the School of Music in recognition of both academic excellence and financial need.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Entering first year
The Molson Post Secondary Excellence Scholarship is endowed by the Molson Companies to assist the student with the highest academic standing, who, upon entrance to Acadia, will major in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. The Molson group of companies participate in and contribute in significant ways to the food and beverage industry in Canada and abroad.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Music Therapy
Morghan Krieger Memorial Award. Established through donations by friends and family in memory of Morghan Krieger, this award is granted to a full-time second or third-year music therapy student in recognition of enthusiastic participation in musical activities at Acadia. The recipient embodies similar character traits to Morghan – pure passion for music, an adventurous spirit and a love of helping others.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Economics, Politics, Sociology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Morse Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship of $760 was established by the late Hazel Gordon Morse (B.A. Acadia, 1920) to be awarded annually to the student who attains the highest standing in economics, political science or sociology, who is majoring in one of these subject areas, and who is completing their third or fourth year of study.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Morton Memorial Scholarship in Music was established by Dr. Harry S. Morton in memory of his mother, Maie Stafford Morton. It is available as an entrance or in-course scholarship to an outstanding student on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Mr. & Mrs. Parmenas Orr Memorial Scholarship ($475) is awarded annually to a superior student in the nutrition degree in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics on recommendation of the Director.
The scholarship was established by the late Ms. E. Jeanette Orr of Kensington, P.E.I., a nutritionist and long time staff member of Acadia in the food services and quantity foods areas. She was a graduate of Prince of Wales College, MacDonald College of McGill University and Columbia University.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year
Established in 2018 by The Rotary Club of Wolfville – Mud Creek. These awards will be granted annually preferably to one student from each of the region`s secondary schools: West Kings, Horton, Northeast Kings, Avon View and Central Kings. The recipients will be chosen in recognition of financial need.
The Rotary Club of Wolfville – Mud Creek was formed in 2010 with six members from the Rotary Club of Wolfville. The name `Mud Creek` was chosen to associate the club with the rich history of Wolfville, formerly known as Mud Creek. While still a Community Service-focussed club, Mud Creek is active in areas of Vocational & International & Youth Services.
Value: 5 awards at $1,000 each
Scholarship of up to $660 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
A scholarship endowed by the late Murdock C. Smith of Lynn, Massachusetts, to enable one or two students in biology to spend a summer session in the study of marine biology at an institution approved by the Department. Students whose work is satisfactory will receive credit towards their Acadia graduate degree. If there is no eligible fourth-year student, the Department of Biology may recommend a student of the third year.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music
The Muriel Wallace Music Bursary is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to an entering or returning student in the Bachelor of Music degree program who shows promise in pipe organ, piano and/or voice. The bursary is made possible through the generosity of Mrs. Muriel L. Wallace (Acadia '37, '38) of Fredericton, NB and is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Murray G Ross Entrance Scholarship is provided annually to a student entering Acadia University who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievement. The scholarship is provided through the generosity of Dr Murray G Ross (BA ’36, Hon DCL ’60) of Toronto, Ontario.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2018 by the MacNeil Family, to be awarded to a returning women’s basketball athlete. The recipient should be in good academic standing, display positive team leadership qualities as well as good citizenship with the community.
This award is endowed through a generous gift by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation.
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