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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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