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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Mabel A. (Wile) Ogilvie Scholar Bursary

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.

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MacNeill Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Canada, Entering first year, USA

The MacNeill Scholar-Bursary will be offered in the amount of $4,000 to a Canadian or American student entering full-time study at Acadia, in any discipline, who has and maintains an average of 80%. The scholar-bursary will be renewable for four years, or until the student graduates, whichever comes first.

The scholar-bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of alumni H. Gordon MacNeill, BA '48 DCL '87 DD (Knox College) and Barbara MacLellan MacNeill BA '50.

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Margaret R Cohen Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Newfoundland

Established in 2016, the Margaret R. Cohen Scholar-Bursary is awarded to a full-time student preferably from Central Newfoundland in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need.

Margaret Cohen grew up in Grand Falls, NL, graduated from Acadia in 1981 with a BSc (Math), and furthered her studies at Queens University, completing an LLB in 1984. She currently is a Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, a leading international law firm, practicing in Boston, MA.

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Marjorie Manning Fountain Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year

The Marjorie Manning Fountain Scholar-Bursary to be awarded annually for study in The Fred C. Manning School of Business Administration to a student who has been a resident of the Atlantic Provinces of Canada for a period of ten years or more. The award could be made for study in any year and could be renewed at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee.

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Marjorie Mitchell Cann Scholar-Bursary


The Marjorie Mitchell Cann Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually on the basis of financial need and academic performance to a female student entering her senior year. The scholar-bursary is made possible through a bequest from the estate of Marjorie Mitchell Cann (Acadia 1940, BSc Math) of Pensacola, Florida.

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Mary and Walter McCowan Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Matthew Balsor Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration

Established by Matthew Balsor (’11) in 2018, this scholar-bursary is granted in recognition of academic excellence and financial need to a full-time in-course undergraduate enrolled in the F.C. Manning School of Business. The recipient displays their well-rounded character through extracurricular activities in the community or on campus.

Matthew graduated from Acadia University with an Honours BBA and says, “I was fortunate enough to have my post-secondary education paid for through scholarships and bursaries and am in a position to be able to give back and help others who are working hard to help themselves.” Matthew furthered his credentials with a CIM and FCUIC, having worked in finance before returning to be employed at his alma mater.

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Moira Grace Crawford Scholar-Bursary in Music

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Music, Entering first year

Established in 2016 by Claire (’89) and Kirk VanBlarcom (’85) in loving memory of Claire’s mother, Moira Grace Crawford (1942-2016), this award is granted to an entering student in the School of Music in recognition of both academic excellence and financial need.

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