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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Neil Fisher Entrance Awards

Award | Eligibility: Arts, English, History, Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Neil Fisher Entrance Awards are awarded annually to two students entering Acadia University, planning to major in English or History, and who has been involved with extracurricular activities. Preference will be given to students from Colchester County or Cumberland County, Nova Scotia.

The endowed award was established in 2007 by The John and Judy Bragg Family Foundation, in consultation with the Fisher Family, to honour Mr. Neil Fisher (BA Acadia 1954; BED Acadia 1955) who taught John Bragg at Oxford High School. Neil was a proud Acadia Axeman Basketball Player.

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NL Award

Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established in 2019 by Lyn Tait Pirquet (’75) in memory of her husband John Pirquet, the NL Award is granted to entering students from Atlantic Canada, with a preference for Newfoundland and Labrador, whose financial and family circumstances would not otherwise allow them to attend university. This award is available on a renewable basis.

Lyn Tait was inspired by scholarship support she received as a student at Acadia in the 1970s. Her BA in Economics and Political Science gave her a strong foundation for graduate studies and a career in public service, mainly in postsecondary education planning and intergovernmental relations.

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Noel Tibbo Family Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Noel Tibbo Family Scholarship is awarded annually to an entering student who plans to study in the field of Science. The recipient will be a well rounded individual with involvement in community, sports and/or music who demonstrates academic merit, personal qualities that contribute to the overall benefit of fellow students, and shows promise of achievement.

The scholarship was originally established in 2003 in memory of S. Noel Tibbo by the Tibbo family, and was endowed in 2005 as a family legacy.

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Norman and Jane McIntyre Bursaries

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

The Norman and Jane McIntyre Bursaries are awarded annually to two students entering Acadia from Atlantic Canada, with preference given to Richmond County, Nova Scotia and Charlotte Country, New Brunswick. Recipients should be well rounded individuals with a variety of interests and demonstrated financial need.

The bursaries were established in 2003 by Norman and Jane McIntyre (Acadia 1960) in memory of Alice Hawkins Golding (DHE, Acadia, 1933).

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