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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Bursary | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Tara Lynne Touesnard Memorial Bursary in Music is awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to an entering or returning student in the Bachelor of Music degree program who shows promise in strings. The bursary is awarded on the basis of financial need and academic achievement. The bursary was established by the family and friends of Tara Lynne Touesnard, a third year Bachelor of Music Education student who died in an automobile accident in 1994. Tara Lynne was a composer and recording artist who held a number of awards and academic scholarships from Acadia. She was a four-time Maritime Old Time Fiddling Champion, a recipient of the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award, a Phi Delta Kappa Education Scholarship and the 1991 Cultural Life Award for Nova Scotia and had toured with the Cape Breton Summertime Revue.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2019 by Ralph Taylor (’61, ’62, ’63). The award will be presented to a student-athlete who is a member of the men’s hockey or football program. The recipient shall be passionate about community, possess strong leadership qualities and be in good academic standing.
The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the hockey or football program.
The Taylor Family Athletic Leadership Award was created to recognize the impact that athletics played in the lives of Ralph (’61, ’62 and ‘’63) and Bill Taylor (’83). Ralph was a member of the varsity men’s football program from 1957-1961 and Bill played for the hockey Axemen from 1979-1984.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane Entrance Scholarship is annually awarded to a superior entering student from a high school within the Kings County District School Board. The endowment is provided by Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane, Barristers and Solicitors of Kentville, Nova Scotia.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science
Originally established in 2002 and 2008 as the TD Bank Financial Group Bursary and the TD Bank Financial Group Student Bursaries, the TD Bursaries are granted annually to Canadian students who demonstrate financial need. Approximately one-third of the bursaries are designated for entering students who have satisfactory academic standing.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering final Year
Established in 2020 by Heather and Terry Hennigar (’65). To be awarded to a returning student enrolled in Earth & Environmental Sciences, or Engineering, with a preference to a student with a keen interest in hydrogeology. The recipient shall be recommended by the Head of Earth & Environmental Sciences in consultation with the Head of the Ivan Curry School of Engineering.
Terry’s first two years at Acadia were in Engineering when he was planning a career flying jets. When the Avro Arrow super sonic jet was scuttled, and most air training cancelled, he left university to teach for two years with Frontier College in northern Canada’s mining industry. On his return to Acadia he switched to the Geology program where he was introduced to the new and upcoming field of hydrogeology and groundwater resources. His career in the science and engineering of evaluating, development, management, and protection of our precious groundwater resources has included regional, national, and international opportunities and challenges.
In celebration of the student publication’s 150th anniversary in 2024, The Athenaeum Journalism Award is granted to a returning writer of The Athenaeum who has displayed journalistic excellence, commitment to The Athenaeum, and demonstrates promise in campus journalism. Recipients are chosen annually at the discretion of The Athenaeum Publishing Board.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2017 by an anonymous Alberta corporation. To be awarded to a returning Acadia football player. The recipient must be in good academic standing and displays dedication through leadership, perseverance, commitment to hard work and general love of life. The recipient will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with a football committee.
Mike Gillen was a vital member of the Acadia University Axemen football team from the time he arrived on campus in 2002 until his departure in 2006. As a running back, punt returner and a team captain, Mike always lived up to the #1 on his jersey and inspired his teammates on a daily basis with his energy, positive attitude, and his genuine concern for everyone involved with the Axemen football family. Mike was a once in a generation leader.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Thomas and Violet Thorne Hetherington Scholarship of $1880 ($470 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Mrs. Judson E. Hetherington of Sikeston, Missouri.
Scholarship of up to $200 | Eligibility: Arts, History, Politics, Current 2nd year
The Thomas Dadson Memorial Scholarship. An annual award of $200 in memory of Dr. Thomas Dadson, Mark Curry Professor of History at Acadia University, 1929 - 1950, endowed by an old friend, is awarded at the end of the second year to a student of distinction proceeding to a major in history or political science.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $5,000
The Thomas and Mildred Irvine Scholar-Bursary will be offered in the amount of $5000 to students entering their second or subsequent year full-time study at Acadia, in any discipline, who have achieved an average of 85%. Preference that recipients be residents of Nova Scotia. The scholar-bursary is made available through the kindness and generosity of the estate of alumna Mildred G. Irvine BA’40, BEd’41, MA’50, and her late husband Thomas E. Irving BA’49, MA’50.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Business Administration
The Thomas Gordon MacLeod Memorial Bursary is the interest on an endowment of $10,000 donated from the Estate of the late T. Gordon MacLeod by Mrs. Elizabeth MacLeod and family members. It is annually awarded to a needy student registered in the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science or the School of Business Administration. Preference is given to a Pictou County, Nova Scotia, resident.
The Thomas J. Hammett Memorial Scholar-Bursaries are awarded annually to students from the Atlantic Provinces. Two awards are presented annually; one to an entering student and one to a continuing student who have extra-curricular interests and achievement in athletics, maintained satisfactory academic standing and demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students registered in the Business Administration program.
Scholarship of up to $470 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Thomas R. Pattillo Memorial Scholarship was provided by the late Jennie A. Bentley (Acadia Ladies Seminary) of Truro, Nova Scotia, in memory of her grandfather, Thomas R. Pattillo (B.A. 1856). The entrance scholarship is awarded on a renewable basis every third or fourth year or as available to a student in the School of Music.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2020 by Tom Coolen. To be awarded to a returning varsity men’s hockey player who exemplifies leadership qualities on his team and in the community. The recipient shall be in good academic standing and shall be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the varsity men’s hockey program. The initial award is for the 2021-22 academic year.
The award honours Tom Coolen who coached the hockey Axemen from 1986 to 1995. As Head Coach, Tom led the program to its first national championship in 1993. He was instrumental in building one of Canada’s most dominant men’s university hockey programs of the 1990s. Tom was inducted to the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Nova Scotia
The Town of Wolfville Scholar-Bursary is awarded annually to a student who is now and has been a resident of the Town of Wolfville for at least three years and who is entering the first year of a four year degree program at Acadia University. The eligible student must possess an outstanding academic record at the Grade 12 level (must have an average of at least 80% on university allowable grade 12 courses), show evidence of community service during high school years and/or examples of leadership initiatives that have positively affected the quality of life of others. The student must also possess a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The scholar-bursary may be renewed for up to four years.
The award is provided by the Town of Wolfville to address the wishes of its citizens that outstanding local candidates for university have every opportunity and encouragement to “stay at home” and attend university.
Award of up to $5,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2018 by Tracey McGillivray, Axewomen Volleyball 1983-1986. To be awarded to a returning women's volleyball player in recognition of their leadership, community involvement, positive communication skills and good academic standing. The recipient will be chosen by the Head Coach of the varsity women's volleyball team and the Director of Athletics.
Bursary | Eligibility: Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Trask Family Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering or returning student who is a resident of Nova Scotia and has demonstrated financial need, good work ethics and has participated in extra-curricular or community activities. Preference will be given to a student from Yarmouth, Digby or Shelburne Counties. This award is made possible through the generosity of Michael L. Trask (BCO, Acadia, 1966) and his family from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pursuing an Honours Research Project
Established in 2020 by Cynthia Trudell (’74, ’05), this award is designed to support the unique research work of Acadia’s most promising undergraduate Honours students in Chemistry, Physics or Biology, with a preference for Chemistry. It will be awarded during the summer prior to the final honours year in recognition of the recipient’s thesis proposal.
Cynthia M. Trudell studied chemistry and engineering at Acadia, graduating in 1974 with a BSc and a National Research Scholarship for graduate work culminating in a PhD in Physical Chemistry from the University of Windsor. She was the first woman to head a car division at any US or foreign auto maker. Her 20-year career with General Motors saw her in increasingly senior positions, finishing as GM’s Vice President and President of Saturn Corporation. She has been recognized by Acadia as a member of the Chemistry Hall of Fame, a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award and an Honorary Doctor of Science. A mother of two and grandmother of three, Dr. Trudell retired as Executive Vice President of PepsiCo in 2017.