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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Scott McChesney Award

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.

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Shelley Fleckenstein Athletic Award

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.

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Sim Family Athletic Awards

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.

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Sonny Wolfe Football Award

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.

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Stefanie Conway Memorial Basketball Award

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

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Stephen Faoro Memorial Football Award

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.

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Steve Pound Basketball Award

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.

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Stu Aberdeen Memorial Basketball Award

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.

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Stuart MacLean Football Award

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).

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Sully Ashfield and Barbara Bill Ashfield Fund

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.

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Contact

Office of Advancement
Rm 225 University Hall
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6, Canada
General Inquiries: 902.585.1459
To make a donation: 902.585.1459
Toll Free in North America:
1.866.ACADIA (1.866.222.3428)
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