Scholarships and 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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Ralph and Nellie Jeffery Scholarships

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.

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Ralph K. Strong Memorial Entrance Scholarships

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.

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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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Raymond David Colpitts Scholarship

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.

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Raymond E Ivany Merit Award

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.

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Robert C. and Ola Swim Memorial Award

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.

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Robert C. Swim Memorial Scholarship

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.

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Ronald and Marilyn Reeves Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Rotary Club of Wolfville-Acadia University Award

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.

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Roy & Velma Tapley Scholarship

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.

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