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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MacKay Memorial Scholarships in Computer Science, Chemistry and Physics

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.

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Mirko Wicha Computer Science Scholarships

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.

Born in former Czechoslovakia, Mirko immigrated to Canada as a child, and attended Acadia where he studied Computer Science and played on the men's varsity soccer team. Following his graduation in 1982, Mirko moved to Switzerland to embark on what would be a high successful career in high tech. His passion for technology brought him back to Canada, first Halifax and then Ottawa, then Munich and Brussels from 1993, and finally settling in Montreal in 1999. He founded Haivision in 2004, a market leader in advanced video encoding and streaming within the defense, broadcast and medical industries. An award-winning company recognized as one of the most influential in video streaming worldwide, Haivision is also one of the fastest growing companies. Headquartered in Montreal and Chicago, Haivision supports customers globally with offices throughout the US, Europe, Asia and South America.

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