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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Ray Ivany Student-Athlete Leadership Awards

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.

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Reverend E. E. Daley Track Trophy and Prize

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.

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Robert Tevekelian Award

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.

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Roger Creasor Hockey Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

Established in 2020 by Nick Robinson ('04) and Cory Bast ('02). To be awarded to a returning varsity men's hockey player who has achieved Academic All Canadian recognition. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the school of business. 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 Roger Creaser ('70), an outstanding hockey Axemen and member of the Hockey Honour Roll. Roger's passion for the program continued long past his playing days at Acadia. His many contributions included attracting prospective hockey athletes to Wolfville. A retired RBC VP, Roger has inspired and helped graduating students on a path to future career success.

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Ron and Cyndi Butler Award

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.

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Ronald Reid Prescott Hockey Scholarship

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.

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Ross Leighton Basketball Award

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).

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