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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S.M.I.L.E. - Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (SMILE)
Science Atlantic Psychology Conference Fund
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.
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.
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.
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, 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: 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.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Susie Golding Langley Award is granted annually, on the recommendation of the School of Nutrition & Dietetics, to a third or fourth year student in the School of Nutrition and Dietetics with a demonstrated interest and aptitude in Sports Nutrition. In the event there is no eligible student in Sports Nutrition, the award can be conferred on a promising and well-rounded Nutrition and Dietetics student.
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.
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