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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Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Sandra Pineo Memorial Scholarship in Computer Science is annually awarded to a superior student who is a resident in the Annapolis Valley and is in the second or subsequent year of a Bachelor of Computer Science program. Ms. Pineo (B.Sc. Acadia, 1980) was employed at Acadia from 1984-86 and subsequently by SHL Systemhouse Inc. The scholarship is available through the generosity of SHL Systemhouse Inc., family, friends, colleagues and alumni.
Scholarship of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Entering first year, Ontario
Established in 2016 by campus friends of Sarah Hastings, this award is granted on a renewable basis to an entering full-time student from Ontario in recognition of academic excellence. The recipient is preferably from Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute in Kitchener and shares Sarah’s personal attributes.
Sarah Hastings was an incredible athlete and avid canoe tripper whose passion for life, determination and dedication inspired her friends and teammates of ringette and field hockey. She attended Acadia in 2014-2015 as a business student and lived in Chipman House and is remembered for her positive, outgoing personality.
Bursary | Eligibility: Nutrition
The Sarah J. Manning Bursary is a continuing bursary of $155 annually endowed by students of Acadia Ladies Seminary in memory of the late Sarah J. Manning. The recipient must have been registered in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics for at least one year, must have exercised a good influence, must be an industrious student, and must be in need of financial assistance.
Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited Scholarship for Excellence is provided annually to an entering or returning student who demonstrates financial need, academic achievement and leadership. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Sceptre Investment Counsel Limited, one of Canada's leading pension and mutual fund managers. Sceptre has been an important partner of Acadia University for a number of years and the creation of this scholarship demonstrates its genuine commitment to community support.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The School of Music Memorial Bursary is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a needy student in the Bachelor of Music degree program. The bursary is made possible through the gifts received in memory of Fontaine Chan, a senior music student who died tragically in an automobile accident in 1993, from funds received from the Estate of Eleanor Mary Sears in honour of her mother, Isabella Bill Sears (Seminary 1893), the estate of Mrs. Harriett E. Isnor and the estate of McGrigor Allan Miller in memory of his wife Vera L. (Knock) Miller.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
The School of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship is available annually to deserving students in the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition program on recommendation of the Director of the School. The Scholarship was established in 2009.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The School of Secretarial Science 50th Anniversary Scholarship ($1140) was previously awarded to the highest ranking entering student in Secretarial Administration. In 1991 the scholarship was given to the School of Business Administration to be awarded to the highest ranking entering female student each year. It was established by faculty and alumni of the secretarial program on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the School of Secretarial Science.
Prize | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
Established by Dr. Rowland Marshall, this prize is awarded to a student actively researching and promoting new renewable energy sources. The recipient is to be chosen by the Dean of Science and the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in consultation with heads in the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science and the Environmental and Sustainability program.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Scott McChesney Award. Established in 2013 by Drew Coles ’92 in honour of his friend, the late Scott McChesney ’94. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity hockey player who demonstrates outstanding commitment to achievement and teamwork. Preference for a student‐athlete from Ontario, and secondary preference for a student who is majoring in Economics.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science
The SEAMONE FAMILY BURSARY is awarded annually to a returning student in the Certificate or Bachelor of Applied Science programs at Acadia. Preference will be given to a student from Nova Scotia, who along with financial need and solid academic standing, has demonstrated an applied approach to problem solving and interacts well with fellow students and faculty. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the Ivan Curry School of Engineering.
The bursary was established in 2011 and was made possible through the generosity of Douglas A Seamone (CAS, Acadia, 1955) of Kentville, Nova Scotia. Mr. Seamone served on the faculty of the School of Engineering from 1962 to 1998 and family members have attended Acadia since the 1940’s.
Prize of up to $70 | Eligibility: Arts, English, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Sgt. Philip Sydney Beals Memorial Prize. A prize of $70 was contributed by the family of the late Sgt. Philip S. Beals of the 85th Bn. C.E.F. It will be awarded annually in April by the Department of English to the student having submitted the best piece of poetry.
Scholarship of up to $4,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering first year
Established in 2017 by Dr. John Roscoe, Class of 1965, in memory of his wife, Dr. Sharon Roscoe, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Acadia University. To be awarded to an entering full-time student majoring in Chemistry who has shown outstanding academic promise at high school level.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Sheila (Nickerson) Galloway Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to an entering student from Nova Scotia on the basis of financial need and academic performance. Preference will be given to all-around students from the counties of Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis and Kings who have demonstrated leadership qualities and an interest in athletic activities. The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Dr. Bruce C. Galloway, BCO 68'and DCL 03'.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Sheldon and Marjorie Fountain Scholarships are awarded annually to students registered in the Bachelor of Business Administration program who have been residents of the Atlantic provinces for a minimum of ten years. Scholars are selected on the basis of academic performance with a preference for students with demonstrated financial need. The scholarships may be renewed at the discretion of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee. These scholarships are made possible though a gift from Sheldon (BA, Acadia, ‘39, DCL, Acadia, ‘99) and Marjorie Fountain (DCT, Acadia ‘99) of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Award | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Shelley Brownell Memorial Music Award is provided annually to a student who is pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in Music Education. Preference will be given to an individual who demonstrates financial need. The award is made on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music. The award was established by family, classmates and friends of Shelley Brownell who graduated from Acadia posthumously in 1986 with a Bachelor of Music degree.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Pure and Applied Science
Established in 2014 by Shelley Fleckenstein. To be awarded to a returning female varsity athlete majoring in science, with an interest in a healthcare career. The recipient must be in good academic standing with a minimum 80% average, and present strong leadership qualities in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coaches of female varsity athletic programs.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Shirley Blois Scholarship in Early Music was endowed by Shirley Blois Lindsay (L.Mus.,B.Mus.Acadia (’34-’38)) and her husband, James. After graduating from Acadia, Mrs. Lindsay was awarded a fellowship at the Juilliard Graduate School and later became the Director of the Diller-Quaile School of Music in New York City. The award is made each year to a student of high standing studying in the Early Music Program and majoring in harpsicord or fortepiano. The income from the endowment may also be used, at the discretion of the Director of the School of Music, in support of the student String Quartet program or to purchase library resources in support of the Early Music Program. The scholarship may be awarded to an entering or continuing student and may be renewed to the current recipient at the discretion of the School of Music.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2019 by Michael and Meaghan Sim. To be awarded to a returning men’s hockey player and a women’s rugby player who are in good academic standing, provide positive leadership skills with their teams and in the community. The recipients will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity men’s hockey team and women’s rugby team and the Director of Athletics.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000
Established in 2017 by the Singapore Alumni Class of 1987 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of their graduation. To be awarded to domestic students entering their third year of study, in recognition of academic achievement and financial need. Two awards annually, one in Business and one in Computer Science.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
Established in 2018 by The Sobey Foundation, to provide a base award of $500 to all students pursuing a dietetic practicum in Acadia’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics to defray the costs of tuition, transportation, accommodation and meals, with the balance of the annual disbursement to be awarded at the discretion of the School’s Director on the basis of financial need. Value: $500 base; further awards variable.
Established in 2018 by The Sobey Foundation, to be granted to full-time students in any degree program at Acadia University on the basis of demonstrated financial need.
The Society of Chemical Industry has established merit awards consisting of a plaque bearing the likeness of the insignia of the Society, the winner’s name, and the year. The awards are made at approved universities in Canada in courses qualified by the Chemical Institute of Canada in one of the fields of chemistry either alone or combined with another major course, such as physics, mathematics, biology, physiology, etc., also in chemical engineering or its equivalent, and in biochemistry. The student must have the highest standing in the final year of the program, a minimum average of 75% and have completed the course in the normal number of years.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
This award was established in 2021 by former varsity football athletes and friends of Sonny Wolfe. The recipient shall be in good academic standing, display leadership qualities, and be a positive role model in the community. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with head coach of the men’s varsity football program. The inaugural disbursement of funds will be for the 2021-22 academic year.
Sonny Wolfe coached the football Axemen for 19 seasons beginning in 1983. He guided the program to three conference championships in 1986, 1995 and 1998. He helped to develop more than 20 players who went on to pro football careers in the CFL. For over four decades Sonny Wolfe mentored many young men in a sport they loved and guided them to even greater things.
Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The South Sudan Student Bursary will be awarded annually to students from the South Sudan region of Africa, who have demonstrated superior ability and good qualities of leadership & character, who are entering or returning to a degree program in the School of Business at Acadia University. Preference will be given to the “lost boys of Sudan.” Selection will be made on the basis of financial need. Each student applicant will be required to complete an application and provide a resume outlining his or her extracurricular activities, leadership qualities and community involvement.The bursary was established in 2007.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Applied Science, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition, Physics, Nova Scotia
Established in 2010 by Fred G. Spicer (BSC 1973, MSC 1975) and Bertha L. Spicer (Hennessey) (BSH 1973) in tribute to Fred D. Spicer (BSC 1936) and Helen E. Spicer, Basil R. and Flora Hennessey, and Anne Baggs (Spicer) (BSH 1968). To be awarded to full-time students in the Manning School of Business and/or specified disciplines within the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science (Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physics) on the basis of academic achievement at the high school level and demonstrated financial need.
The Spicer-Hennessey endowment supports multiple awards each year. The Scholar-Bursary is valued at the full cost of tuition. In addition, the University will provide a complimentary residence room to the recipient(s) for each year they are in receipt of the Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary.
• Recipients must be born in Nova Scotia.
• Demonstrated financial need will be an important consideration for selection, with the University’s means test being used to make this determination.
• Recipients must be graduates of a Nova Scotia High School with honors, with an entering average of 85% or higher.
• Preference will be given to graduates of South Colchester Academy in Brookfield or Hants North Rural High School in Kennetcook. If (a) recipient(s) cannot be identified in either of these schools, the University will look to other Nova Scotia high schools for students meeting the Scholar-Bursary criteria.
• Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursaries can be awarded to full-time students entering their first year of full-time study in an undergraduate program in either the Manning School of Business or in the following disciplines within the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Mathematics and Statistics, Nutrition and Dietetics, and Physics.
• Awards are made for a single year to entering students. However, any recipient who continues to demonstrate financial need, carries a full course load, and achieves a first-year GPA of 3.50 (i.e., 80%) or more will be deemed to have automatically applied for a second and/or subsequent one-year award from the Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary. Recipients are eligible to receive funding for a maximum of four years.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 1st year
The Stanley Ellis MacKenzie Memorial Scholarship was established by his wife, Sarah Isabel MacWalker MacKenzie (Acadia '40) and his children. It is awarded on recommendation of the Faculty of the School of Education to a superior student entering year two of the Bachelor of Education program. Mr. MacKenzie (B.A., M.A., Acadia, '37, '40; Prof. dipl., Educ. Adm., T.C. Columbia U. '48) was Governor General's medallist in 1937 and did postgraduate work at Yale and Columbia. He dedicated his life to teaching and educational administration.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Statistical Society of Canada Scholarship was established on the occasion of the Society's meeting at Acadia in 1993. The scholarship is awarded on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to a third or fourth year major who intends to pursue studies in statistics.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by Stefanie’s family. This award will recognize a returning player who is a passionate about giving back to the community, especially working with youth. The recipient shall be in good academic standing and be selected on the recommendation of the Athletic Director in consultation with the women’s basketball head coach. The inaugural disbursement will be for the 2021-22 academic year. Stefanie Conway was an educator, world traveler, and community volunteer who held family and youth above all else. Stef coached youth basketball. She regularly attended Axewomen games with her daughter Maryn. She positively impacted the lives of many students as a teacher at Kings County Academy. Her career took her around the world where she gained many lifelong friends. After many years of successfully battling cancer, Stef passed away in April of 2021
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2021 by former football alumni of the Jeff Cummins era that played with or were coached by Steve. To be awarded annually to men’s varsity football incoming athlete(s) to be chosen by the Head Coach of the men's varsity football program in consultation with the Director of Athletics.
During his time at Acadia, Steve made a tremendous impact on the lives of his teammates, players and those in the university and the Wolfville community. A natural born leader with a "larger than life" personality and a huge heart, he was always there to lend a helping hand. As an athlete, he was one of top defensive players for the Axemen being named the Atlantic University Sport Defensive Player of the Year in his final two seasons, a three-time AUS All-Star and setting a school record of 200 tackles (since broken). Steve was also a team captain and won two AUS Championships, was named as a CIS All-Canadian linebacker in 2006 and subsequently played professionally in the CFL and Europe. His positive impacts on others were however far greater, he made us all better and he will always be by our side.
University Entrance Scholarships valued at $3500 each ($875 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year
Award | Eligibility: Athletics, Entering first year
The Steve Pound Basketball Award is awarded annually to a student entering a degree program at Acadia University. Based on the recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics and the Varsity Basketball Coaches, the award will be given to a student who intends to be a member of an Acadia varsity basketball team.
This endowed award was established in 2006 by Mrs. Jean (BA Acadia 1939) & Dr. Jim (BSC, DSC Acadia 1937, 1962) Beveridge in honour of Dr. Steve Pound (BSc, BEd Acadia 1972, 1975; MSC Dalhousie 1977; PHD Université Laval 1994). Dr. Pound starred as a basketball Axeman for four seasons and received many individual honours during this time. He was also an outstanding performer on the 1970-71 Canadian Intercollegiate championship team. In 1997 he was inducted into Acadia University’s Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Pound returned to Acadia in 1986 and served as Executive Director of the Associated Alumni of Acadia University for more than a decade. Dr. Pound is a life-long supporter of Acadia University.
Award of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Current 4th year
The Stevenson Family Award. Established in 2008 by Andrew Stevenson (BBA 1981) in honour of the Stevenson Family. To be awarded annually to a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration program on recommendation of the Director of the School of Business with consultation from Faculty in the School. The recipient will have demonstrated entrepreneurship and will have expressed the intention and motivation to go into business.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Stu Aberdeen Memorial Basketball Award was established in 2020 by the Estate of Michael Tzagarakis. The award will be presented to a student-athlete who is a member of the men’s basketball program. The recipient shall be in good academic standing, shows a passion for guiding and inspiring teammates to compete at the highest level and be a positive role model in the community. The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the men’s basketball program.
The Stu Aberdeen Memorial Basketball Award was created to recognize the impact Stu Aberdeen had at Acadia University. Mike Tzagarakis played for Coach Aberdeen in 1960-61 season. Aberdeen coached the Axemen from 1958 to 1966 amassing an impressive 122-50 win-loss record. He led Acadia to its first national men’s basketball championship in 1965. While coaching college basketball in the United States, Aberdeen passed away suddenly in 1979. Stu Aberdeen was inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the court in Acadia’s War Memorial Gymnasium was named in his honour in 2016.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2019 on the occasion of Stuart MacLean’s induction into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame, the Stuart MacLean Leadership Award is granted annually to a football student-athlete who has a strong academic record and displays leadership qualities. The recipient exhibits generosity, humility, integrity, and passion, and is involved in community and/or volunteer activities. Preference will be given to a Nova Scotian of African descent who is a graduate of Halifax’s Citadel High School. The award is made on the recommendation of the Axemen Football Head Coach in consultation with the Athletics Director. This award was established by Don Clow (’83), former Football Axemen and 40-year friend and teammate of Stu MacLean (’83).
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Athletics, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Aboriginal and/or Africian Nova Scotia
Established in 2012 through a generous gift from the Estate of Barbara Cameron Ashfield, the Fund provides support for student awards at Acadia University. Specifically, disbursements from the Ashfield Fund are divided evenly between general, athletic, and special (i.e. Nova Scotia aboriginal and African) student awards.
The Susan Dove (McQueen) Crowell Bursary, will be awarded annually in the amount of $2,500 to a student with preference given to a student from Pictou County; however, in the event that there are no eligible candidates from Pictou County, the award will be made to any worthy student.
Scholarship of up to $1,580 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Pre-Med, Current 4th year
The Susan Smith Memorial Scholarship (Class of 1972). A scholarship established by the Class of 1972 in memory of Susan Louise Smith of Windsor, Nova Scotia (Acadia, 1969'71) is to be awarded to a deserving female student who intends to enter medical school. The scholarship is awarded to a student on recommendation of the Head of the Biology Department.
Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Sussex Regional High School Bursary will be awarded annually to a graduate of Sussex Regional High School who is entering or returning to an undergraduate degree program at Acadia University. Selection will be made on the basis of financial need and satisfactory scholastic performance. The endowed bursary was established in 2005.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition
Sutherland Leadership Award in Nutrition. Awarded annually to a student from the School of the Nutrition and Dietetics, the Sutherland Leadership Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the Nutrition and Dietetics Society (NADS). The worthy recipient will have demonstrated strong leadership qualities, teamwork, and collaborative learning in their efforts promoting and advocating on behalf of NADS.
Established in 2019, the award was made possible through the generosity of Susan (Mark) Sutherland (’70), a proud graduate from Acadia’s School of Home Economics. After Acadia, Susan pursued a dream career in dietetics, culminating in working for a not-for-profit organization to market and promote the benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables to all Canadians. It is her hope this award will inspire future Acadia students to develop into well-rounded, competent, and inspirational food and nutrition leaders. The award is established in loving memory of her late husband, Pierce Sutherland (’69), a proud graduate of Acadia’s School of Commerce.
Award | Eligibility: Arts
The Sydney Taylor ’13 Memorial Award is awarded to (a) returning student(s) in the Faculty of Arts who has enriched campus life as an active Acadia citizen through academic, on‐ or off campus leadership or activities. Awards will be made based on applications to be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. The Sydney Taylor ’13 Memorial Award was established in 2013 by friends and family in memory of Sydney Taylor, to honour her commitment to academic excellence, her inquisitive nature and her love of family, friends and community. Sydney was a vibrant and active member of the Acadia community who was passionate about human rights,music and the environment whose life should serve as an inspiration to young people to be confident and fearless. She completed her Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Politics.