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.
Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
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.
Margaret Anne Gidney grew up in Sandy Cove, NS and obtained her BSc and MSc (Biology) at Acadia University. She joined the Institute of Biological Sciences of the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, initially studying mercury contamination of fish in the Ottawa River. She then set up and ran a laboratory to develop monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) in a group researching lipopolysaccharide (LPS) bacterial surface antigens. She developed l'vlAbs which are widely used in methods for rapid detection of the enteropathogenic bacterium Escherichia coli. 0157:H7 and for LPS epitopes of Neisseria meningitidis. The latter further developed a conjugate vaccine for Meningitis C that became a vaccine particularly suitable and effective for infants -after two years the disease was virtually wiped out across Great Britain. Margaret Anne retired from NRC in 2006 and died in 2015.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Nova Scotia
Established in 2020 by the family of Millicent Forsyth-Smith Rice. The award will be presented to a returning student-athlete who is a member of the women’s basketball program. Preference will be given to a Nova Scotia born student-athlete. The recipient shall be passionate about community, possess strong leadership qualities and be in good academic standing.
The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the women’s basketball program.
The Millicent (Forsyth-Smith) Rice Women’s Basketball Award was created to recognize the impact Millicent Forsyth-Smith Rice (’43) made during her time as a member of the Acadia Women’s Basketball program. A graduate of Wolfville High, Forsyth-Smith Rice coached the High School basketball team as a student-athlete. At Acadia, she was captain of the women’s team. Millicent was 98 years of age at the time of her passing in 2019 and was the first of three generations that attended and graduated from Acadia University.