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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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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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: 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.
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.
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.