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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MacNeily Family Bursary

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)

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MacVicar Athletic Bursary

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.

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Manford Wendell McCutcheon Bursary


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.

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Margaret Anne Gidney Bursary

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.

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Margaret E. MacKay ('72) Bursary

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.

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Matthew Kennedy ('06) Memorial Bursary

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.

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Muriel Wallace Music Bursary

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.

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