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: Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Graduate
The R. Byrns Curry Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more students entering the third or fourth year of undergraduate study or to graduate students who have demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students who have shown a distinct and meaningful interest in Canadian public affairs. The scholarship may be renewed up to two times.
The scholarship was established in 2004 through the generosity of the late R. Byrns Curry.
Scholarship | Eligibility: New Brunswick
Established in 2014 by alumni Ralph (’61, ’62, ’63) and Georgie (’60) Taylor, the scholarship is given to an entering student from the Anglophone East School District or successor in New Brunswick in recognition of academic excellence, school involvement and demonstrated leadership skills. In the absence of a student from this school district, any student from New Brunswick will be eligible.
Ralph Taylor and Georgie Lee Goodwin met at Horton Academy prior to attending Acadia and married in Wolfville the day before Georgie’s graduation in 1960. Their contributions as students and alumni are many, including varsity sports and the University Naval Training Division, participation in campus activities of all kinds and each of them worked in a number of campus employment positions. The Taylors’ support of the University reaches from leadership activities on the Board of Governors and committees to attendance at varsity games and gifts to the arts, academics, athletics, chapel and campaigns.
Scholarship of up to $1,635 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Ralph and Nellie Jeffery Scholarships "A." Two scholarships were established by the late Dr. R.L. Jeffery, Head of the Mathematics Department, 1924-1942, and member of faculty, 1961-1975. The scholarships are awarded each year to a continuing student majoring in mathematics on recommendation of the Department.
Scholarship of up to $450 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Ralph and Nellie Jeffery Scholarships "B." A set of thirteen scholarships valued at $450 each established by the late Dr. R. L. Jeffery, Head of the Mathematics Department, 1924-1942, and member of faculty from 1961-1975, are awarded each year on recommendation of the Department to new or continuing students majoring in that Department. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, and a recipient may be awarded up to three units of $450 in any given year.
Medal | Eligibility: Applied Science
The Ralph B. Mounce Medal in Engineering is awarded to that student who, having completed the Certificate of Applied Science at Acadia University, has the highest average in the program.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year
The Ralph K. Strong Memorial Entrance Scholarships. Two of $4000 ($1000 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year to entering students who have distinguished high school records. Preference is given to students registering in the physical sciences. Dr. Strong (B.A. Acadia, 1905; B.Sc., 1906; M.A. Harvard, 1907; Ph.D. University of Chicago, 1917) was a distinguished chemist and author.
The Ralph M. Hunt Prize for Public Speaking. In 1907 the executors of the Estate of the late Reverend Ralph M. Hunt paid to the College authorities a sum of money which gives an annual prize of $40 for public speaking. The names of contestants must be presented by December 16. Subjects from which a selection must be made may be learned from the chairperson of the committee. Subjects must be submitted to committee for approval by January 10. The contest will take place February 4.
Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Physics, Current 3rd year
The Ralph M. Hunt Prize in Physics. A prize of $40 is provided by the will of the late Reverend Ralph M. Hunt to be awarded to a student in physics at the end of their third year, the student to be chosen by the Department of Physics in consultation with the Dean of Pure and Applied Science.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, Politics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Ralph M. Hunt Prize in Political Science. A prize of $40 is provided by the will of the late Reverend Ralph M. Hunt to be awarded to a student of the third or fourth year in political science. The award is to be granted for the best essay on some subject in political science as determined by the Department of Political Science in consultation with the Dean of Arts.
The Ralph Manning Memorial Scholarship. A scholarship of $155 is to be awarded to a non theological student of at least the second undergraduate year who has obtained an average of first class honours on the work of the previous year and is deemed otherwise eligible in terms of character, ability and need. The winner may be reappointed for a second year if progress is satisfactory.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year
Ray Ivany served as Acadia President and Vice-Chancellor from 2009 to 2017 and was vocal champion of Acadia's unique ability to help students pursue academic and athletic excellence. To be awarded to a female and male athlete in their first year of eligibility. Consideration will be given based on the student's commitment to a chosen varsity sport program, leadership qualities and good high school academic standing. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with varsity Head Coaches.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Raymond David Colpitts Scholarship. A renewable scholarship of $1615, being the interest on an endowment provided by the late Raymond David Colpitts (B.A. Acadia, 1906) of Grimsby, Ontario, is awarded to a needy student at the discretion of the Director of Student Assistance and the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year
Established in 2017 by alumni and friends in grateful recognition of Raymond E. Ivany’s extraordinary contribution to Acadia as President and Vice-Chancellor 2009-2017, on the occasion of his retirement. The Raymond E. Ivany Merit Award is to be awarded to an entering domestic or international student in any full-time program on the basis of academic achievement, financial need, and future potential to exemplify the Acadia spirit. In particular, the successful applicant will be hard-working, focused, socially engaged, committed to excellence, determined to gain every possible benefit from an Acadia education and to use that education to make a difference in the world. Selection will be made by a special panel on the basis of an essay and/or interview.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Raymond W. Ferguson Bursary is provided by Mr. Ferguson (Acadia, 1946) as an annual award given to a Nova Scotian entering the third or fourth year of study in the Bachelor of Business Administration program on the recommendation of the Director of that School. The bursary is to be given on the evidence of financial need.The candidate should demonstrate good academic ability and possess those qualities of sound character and initiative which indicate potential leadership in the business world.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Environmental Geoscience
Established in 2019 by Dr. Peter von Bitter (’64) in honour of his professor and mentor, Dr. Reginald George Moore, palaeontologist and stratigrapher, who taught geology at Acadia from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. To be awarded by the Department of Earth & Environmental Science to a returning full-time undergraduate student in a Geoscience program in recognition of promise, aptitude and emerging talent. Minimum average of B+ in geoscience courses required, and preference for students pursuing an interest in soft rock geology (sedimentology, stratigraphy, palaeontology).
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Reginald Suthern Scholarship in Music. A fund to yield $570 has been established by the late Reginald Suthern of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to endow a scholarship to be awarded annually to a worthy and needy student working towards a degree in music.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Education, History
Established by their daughter Sharon and David Estabrooks in memory of her parents, this Scholarship is awarded to a student in the School of Education or the Department of History and Classics, in recognition of academic excellence and financial need.
Rev. Steeves was a four-time graduate of Acadia University, receiving a BA ('41), BDiv ('54), MA History ('57) and BEd ('58). He spent his career as a minister and both Ruth and Armand were teachers who cared very much about post-secondary education. For more than 70 years, Rev. Steeves prepared an entire chronological chart of all historical events, corresponding with "The Bible", covering the very beginning of the world through to the very end. Upon his death in 2004, the family donated this much-loved chart to the archives of the Acadia Divinity College.
Prize of up to $120 | Eligibility: Athletics
The Reverend E. E. Daley Track Trophy and Prize. This trophy and prize is to be awarded annually to that student who wins the most points in track events in intercollegiate competition.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Geoscience, Physics
The Roberge-Pierce Bursary in Science. Established by Michelle Roberge '77 in memory of her mother and grandparents. To be awarded to a Canadian female student studying full-time in a Bachelor of Science Program, majoring in the natural sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, Physics) and who demonstrates financial need.
The Robert and Doris (Waterbury) Ross ’48 Bursary. Established in 2013 by Doris (Waterbury) Ross ’48. To be awarded to (a) full‐time female undergraduate student(s) in recognition of financial need. Preference to a student from Wolfville or surrounding area.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Robert C. and Ola Swim Memorial Award is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering student from West Kings District High School. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated leadership, extracurricular, and/or community involvement.
The award was established in 2006. Robert Swim (BA Acadia, 1926; MA 1940) was the first principal at West Kings High School and spent many years serving the youth of Nova Scotia through the high schools and YMCAs as a teacher and administrator. Ola (Berringer) Swim displayed a keen interest in children throughout her life. She taught school in Lunenburg County and the Annapolis Valley for many years, in various roles: classroom teacher, miscellaneous school teacher, remedial reading teacher and principal of MacDonald Consolidated School in Middleton, NS. Although Mrs. Swim never attended Acadia University, she encouraged and helped prepare many students for scholarship there.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Robert C. Swim Memorial Scholarship ($140) is provided through the generosity of his wife, Ola Swim. The scholarship is awarded annually to a worthy student entering Acadia from West Kings District High school. Robert Swim (B.A. Acadia, 1926; M.A., 1940) spent many years serving the youth of Nova Scotia through the high schools and YMCAs as teacher and administrator.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Robert Simpson Laurence and Gwendolyn Cameron Laurence Scholar-Bursary This scholar-bursary is to by awarded to a needy first year student who has demonstrated extra-curricular interest and achievement (athletic or otherwise) or has a record of community service. The scholar-bursary is renewable for up to three years. Preference will be given to a student from Cobequid Education Centre in Truro, Nova Scotia. The scholar-bursary was established in 1997 by the Laurence family in honour of Robert Simpson Laurence (Acadia '34) and Gwendolyn Cameron Laurence (Acadia '32)
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Robert Tevekelian Award, presented by the parents of the late Robert Tevekelian (Acadia, 1958), is awarded to the member of the Acadia Football Team judged by the coach and teammates the most valuable player of the season.
The Roberts Bursary is awarded annually in the amount of $200 in memory of Jane and John Roberts to a student who has completed at least one year of study at Acadia, has maintained a satisfactory academic standing, and is in need of financial support.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Prince Edward Island
The Roberts-Vincent Entrance Award will be offered annually in the amount of $1,000 to a student from Prince Edward Island entering full-time study, in any discipline, at Acadia University. The University may offer the Award to a student from another Maritime province should no student from PEI qualify. The Award has been established to recognize, memorialize, and pay tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Roberts through the kindness and generosity of their children and grandchildren. Dr. Athol L. Roberts, BA ’43, BSc ’49 and E. Ruth Vincent, BA ’44, BEd ‘73 met at Acadia, eventually married and settled on PEI where Dr. Roberts maintained a long and successful medical practice. Known as a kind and gentle physician who became the first president of the Canadian Medical Association from PEI, Dr. Roberts was also a member of the Acadia Board of Governors from 1968 until 1980. Ruth (Vincent) Roberts was the third generation of her family to attend Acadia. She had a very strong interest in learning disabilities, graduating with her second degree (BEd) on the same day as her son David. Ruth was a key driver in the formation of the Canadian and the PEI learning disabilities associations, serving on the inaugural board of both organizations. To date, five generations of this family have graduated from Acadia.
Established in 2013 by the Williams brothers, Jason ’96, Dale ’98 and Blair ’05 in celebration of Acadia’s longest serving Chaplain Roger Prentice and Manning Memorial Chapel’s 50th anniversary. On the recommendation of the Chaplain, the scholarship will be given to a returning student who combines outstanding academic achievement with a contribution to spiritual life on campus through the chapel and its programs. The Rev’d Dr. Prentice ’08 retired from Acadia University in 2007 after 22 years of service. During his tenure at Acadia, Dr. Prentice planned and supervised a number of projects for the chaplaincy including the publication of the Chapel Times; the installation of the chapel bell (in memory of Dr. I. Judson Levy); the Chaplaincy Endowment Fund; the direction of ten annual Passion Plays, and the writing of nine; direction of a number of other plays; the establishment of the Chapel Choir (under the direction of Mr. John Scott); and the expansion of the chapel building.
Award of up to $2,500 | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Economics, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
The Roland & Leona Mullen Business Award is awarded annually on a renewable basis to a student entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program or the Bachelor of Arts degree program with a major in Economics. Preference will be given to a student from Western Canada (Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia) who demonstrates financial need; a commitment to entrepreneurship, community service and athletics.
The Award has been established by Kevin Mullen (B.A., Acadia, 1986) in recognition of his parents, Roland and Leona Mullen, entrepreneurs who own a Western Canadian family business. Kevin believes a student who demonstrates the qualities of entrepreneurship, community service and a commitment to athletics will represent the ideals valued by his parents and would like to ensure that students with these qualities continue to be represented at Acadia University.
10 Awards are available for 2017-18.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Pure and Applied Science, Geology
The Ron and Cyndi Butler Award will be awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics to a varsity athlete who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Preference will be given to a student-athlete majoring in Geology.
The award was established in 2008 in memory of Ron Butler (BSC, Acadia, 1962) and Cyndi Butler by their son Craig Butler (BA, Acadia, 1991). While at Acadia Ron studied Geology and was a member of the Varsity Football Team.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Ron E. and Barbara A. Nickerson Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student. The award is made on the basis of financial need and academic performance, with preference given to a student from Queens County or Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia respectively. In the event that there are no eligible candidates, the award will be made to any worthy student from Nova Scotia. This endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Barbara A. Nickerson, in memory of her husband Ron (BA'49).
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Ronald and Marilyn Reeves Scholar Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student who has resided in the Annapolis Valley for the two years immediately preceding high school graduation and has achieved a minimum admission average of 80%. The Scholar-Bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic performance to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to extra-curricular activities and/or community service. This Scholar-Bursary was established by Robert Reeves (BBA, Acadia '92) of Toronto, Ontario in honour of his parents, Ronald and Marilyn Reeves of Berwick, Nova Scotia.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Ronald E. Smith Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to entering or returning students on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to students from Yarmouth County who have demonstrated the qualities and potential required to be effective leaders.
This scholar-bursary has been funded by Ronald E. Smith (BBA Acadia 1971) and Beverly (Cottreau) Smith. Both are graduates of Yarmouth Consolidated Memorial High School.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2016 by Tom Prescott ’58. The award will be presented to a student-athlete who:
• is a member of the men’s varsity hockey program;
• is in good academic standing;
• has otherwise demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship both in and out of the athletic arena.
The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coach of the men’s varsity hockey program.
This award is in memory of Ronald Reid Prescott ’30. Ronald was an engineering student and member of the Acadia hockey Axemen who demonstrated strong character, and the ability to combine athletic and academic endeavours to obtain his education objectives.
Scholarship of up to $490 | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Ronald Stewart Longley History Scholarship. An endowed scholarship was established by alumni, former students and friends of Dr. Ronald Stewart Longley, Professor of History at Acadia University, 1929 - 1964. This scholarship is awarded annually at the end of the first year to a student of distinction who is proceeding to Honours in History, or, at the discretion of the History Department, to an outstanding honours student of any undergraduate year.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year
The Rose Evelyn McLeish Strain Bursary in Education is awarded each year in memory of a woman of vision whose family enjoyed her support for postsecondary education and whose original plan was to teach children. It extends the family's support for Acadia beyond the third generation. It is available to a student with demonstrated need who is in the Bachelor of Education program.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Ross Leighton Basketball Award is awarded annually, on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics in consultation with the Men’s Basketball Coach, to all-round academic students who have demonstrated leadership qualities on and off the basketball court. This award is funded by Ross Leighton (BSC Acadia, 1975) Ronald E. Smith (BBA Acadia, 1971) and David Hastings (BBA Acadia, 1974).
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Rotary Club of Wolfville-Acadia University Award will be awarded annually on a renewable basis to a student who is a graduate of the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, and who is entering the first year of a degree or certificate program at Acadia University. The eligible student must possess an outstanding high school academic record and demonstrate a “Rotary Spirit” via evidence of community service and/or leadership initiatives that have positively affected the quality of life of others. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need.
The award is provided by The Rotary Club of Wolfville in partnership with Acadia University to ensure that outstanding local candidates have an opportunity to attend university.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Roy & Velma Tapley Scholarship is provided by Dr. Donald Tapley (B.Sc. Acadia, '48; M.D. Chicago) for a superior entering student from New Brunswick with a preference for students from Hartland or Woodstock High Schools, chosen by the University. Dr. Tapley has had a distinguished career as a medical researcher and internist.
Scholarship of up to $1,895 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
This scholarship was established by the late Roy A. Jodrey (D.C.L. Acadia, '63) of Hantsport, Nova Scotia, to be awarded annually to a student entering the junior or senior year of a Bachelor of Science program in biology, chemistry, geology or physics.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Environmental Geoscience, Environmental Science, Politics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Royal Canadian Regiment Milton F. Gregg VC Bursary is provided by the Royal Canadian Regiment Association in memory of the late Brigadier, the Honourable M.F. Gregg, VC, PC, OC, CBE, MC, ED, MA, DCL, LL.D., D.Sc. Mil., a Canadian war hero and diplomat, federal cabinet minister and university president. A native of Mountain Dale, New Brunswick, Dr. Gregg received honourary degrees from Acadia in 1921 and 1944. The funding is available to undergraduate students studying environmental subjects or international affairs.
Scholarship of up to $1,050 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Geology, Current 3rd year
The Rupert H. MacNeill Memorial Scholarships in Geology were provided by friends and colleagues of Professor MacNeill and are awarded to third year geology majors whose interests provide a strong field work orientation to their programs. Professor MacNeill (B.Sc., M.Sc. Acadia, '50, '51) was a faculty member in the Acadia Geology Department from 1951 to 1983.
Scholarship of up to $3,500
Established in 2018 by Ruth Lelacheur ('49), the Ruth and Ernie Lelacheur Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students from Nova Scotia in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
Value: 3 annual scholarships of $3,500.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Computer Science, New Brunswick
Established in 2014 by Ruth Hennigar (Class of 1981). To be awarded on a renewable basis to a female student entering the Bachelor of Computer Science program who has demonstrated excellence in academic achievement and community engagement (e.g., volunteerism, athletics, student leadership). Preference first for students from New Brunswick, and secondarily for students from the Maritimes.
Scholarship of up to $1,250 | Eligibility: USA
The Ruth Petrykanyn Entrance Scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming student in any program on the basis of academic merit, by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance.
Award | Eligibility: International student
The Ruth Petrykanyn Memorial Award is presented annually to a student entering the final year of undergraduate studies, who has made significant contributions to the enhancement of student life at Acadia as determined by the executive of the Acadia Students' Union and the Vice-President, Student Affairs of Acadia University. Preference will be given to a student holding American citizenship; however, in the event that there are no eligible candidates from the United States of America, the award will be made to any worthy student.This award is in memory of Ruth Petrykanyn, BA ’02, BJ (Kings) ’03. Ruth was the president of the Acadia Students’ Union during the 2000-2001 academic year, Vice President Student Affairs in 1999-2000, and the President of Cutten House from 1998-1999. The endowed fund was established in 2004 by Gail & Colin Petrykanyn and Kenneth Sedgewick.
Bursary of up to $570 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 1st year
The Ruxby Reid Gormley Bursary in Nutrition. A fund has been established by the late Ruxby R. Gormley of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to provide a bursary to be awarded to a needy and worthy first year student in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Scholarship of up to $570 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The Ruxby Reid Gormley Scholarship in Nutrition. An endowment fund has been established by the late Reginald Suthern of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, to provide a scholarship of $570 to be awarded annually to a needy and deserving student pursuing studies in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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