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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Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2017 by Savior Joseph, Axemen Basketball 1997-2002, is in honor and memory of Savior’s father, P.C. Joseph, for his lifelong support of Savior’s leadership and basketball development. The award, awarded to a returning men’s basketball player, is in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s basketball team and the Director of Athletics.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Paul E. Chandler Memorial Award is awarded annually to an entering or returning student at Acadia who is a member of the Varsity Swim Team. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in scholastic and extra-curricular activities. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics. Paul E. Chandler (B.Sc., Appl. Sc. Cert. Acadia, 1956) was a chemical engineer and captain of the Acadia Swim Team.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2019 by Paul McFarland (’10). To be awarded to a returning varsity men’s hockey player who demonstrates exemplary leadership qualities in the classroom and the community. The recipient will be dedicated and known to go above and beyond the expectations held for a student-athlete. The recipient shall be in good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the varsity men’s hockey program.
The award honours Paul McFarland, former hockey captain. His passion for teaching, coaching and helping others was gained through his Acadia experience and has led to his professional coaching career in the Canadian Hockey League and National Hockey League.
Paul McFarland Captain in the Community Award
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Canada
Established in 2019 by Peter M. Cleveland (’72), this award is granted annually to outstanding upper level students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Demonstrating excellent leadership potential through on-campus and/or off-campus volunteer and community service activities, applicants must also be Canadian citizens or permanent residents and have a grade average greater than 75%. Successful recipients will be chosen through an application process to the F.C. Manning School of Business which outlines the student’s values and “all-round” characteristics.
Peter Cleveland graduated from Acadia with a BBA in 1972 and spent most of his 40-year career with Ernst & Young (“EY”) in Ottawa, culminating as Managing Partner and Senior Vice-President. Now CEO of The Cleveland Leadership Group Inc., Peter strengthens organizations through strong leadership, financial and interpersonal skills. From 2005 to 2013, Peter served as Executive in Residence for the Executive MBA program at the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, bringing the School and the corporate community closer together to achieve their respective missions. Recognized by the Governor General of Canada with a Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, Peter has led fundraising campaigns for United Way of Ottawa-Carleton, the Elisabeth Bruyère Hospital Foundation, and the Ottawa Hospital Foundation.
Award of up to $1,400 | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Port Williams Jam Scholastic Award is available annually to an entering Canadian citizen who has been a resident in the Village of Port Williams for at least five years. The recipient will have exhibited scholastic merit, will be able to demonstrate financial need, and have made a positive contribution to community life and church affairs.
Award | Eligibility: Arts
Established in 2016 by Nancy Handrigan (’92) to honour Prof. Owen Stephens, the award supports a student who works as house manager to operate technical equipment, front of house and backstage for concerts in Denton Hall, Festival Theatre, Convocation Hall and the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre Garden Room.
Owen Stephens graduated from Acadia in 1963, 1965 and 1971. A much-loved professor in the School of Music from 1973 to 2008, known mostly as a theory/composition and history professor, his support of and interest in the students, shown through his regular participation in and attendance at student concerts, is equally important to School of Music alumni.
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