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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TD Bursaries

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.

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Terry Hennigar Environmental Geo Science & Engineering Award

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.

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Thomas Gordon MacLeod Memorial Bursary

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.

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Trudell Research Award

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.

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