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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Sarah J. Manning Bursary

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.

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School of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

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.

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Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics

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.

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Spicer-Hennessey Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Sutherland Leadership Award

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.

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