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: 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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 | 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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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.