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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O’Neill-Weagle Humanitarian Award


Awarded annually to a returning student from any faculty demonstrating financial need, the O’Neill-Weagle Humanitarian Award recognizes strong leadership qualities as evidenced through robust volunteer and community involvement while maintaining strong academic achievement. Recipients will have demonstrated an interest in global health and/or sustainable development, with preference given to students participating in Global Brigades activities at Acadia.

Established in 2019, the award was made possible through the generosity of Dr. Carmen O’Neill (’83) and Dr. Everett Weagle (’84). Dr. O’Neill and Dr. Weagle are recognized as leaders in their communities, regularly volunteering with many local charities and causes. They are strong supporters of Global Brigades, having worked alongside communities in Honduras to implement sustainable health systems, and by providing leadership, mentorship, and support to students participating directly in the program.

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Olsen Memorial Scholarship (Piano)

Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Olsen Memorial Scholarship (Piano) is available on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a piano student in year two, three or four of a music degree. The scholarship was provided by the Estate of Florence Olsen in memory of her husband Herman (D.D., Acadia, 1953); additional funds have been provided by family members.

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Ottawa Alumni Scholar-Bursary

Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year

Ottawa Alumni Scholar-Bursary. Established in 2014 by Acadia Alumni from Ottawa, to be awarded to an entering student from the Ottawa region who demonstrates school and community involvement. Preference for students with an 80% average and financial need.

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