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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Taylor, MacLellan and Cochrane Entrance Scholarship

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.

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Tory – Bagnall and MacDonald Bursary: ‘work is love made visible’

Bursary | Eligibility: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island

Established through a generous estate gift by Cairine and Bernie MacDonald, the educational fund honours Tory and Bagnall family members who settled in the Maritimes in 1784. The bursary acknowledges the extreme difficulties faced by United Empire Loyalists following the American Revolution and the unique challenges for those of African heritage.

Tory and Bagnall families attended Acadia, with a Doctor of Civil Laws conferred on Lucy Bagnall during the centennial in 1938. This bursary celebrates the very important work done by her daughter Marj Tory (Bagnall) in Alberta with high school students requiring financial assistance – ‘work is love made visible.’ Cairine (Tory) and Bernie MacDonald met at Acadia.

This bursary is available on a renewable basis for a full-time student demonstrating financial need. With a preference for students from Guysborough County, it can be awarded more broadly to Canadian citizens from the Maritime provinces, with at least 50% of the bursaries granted to female students and at least 50% to Black students. The goal of the bursary is to cover the cost of tuition and/or residence for a student who intends to prepare for the workforce immediately following their Bachelor degree.

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Town of Wolfville Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Town of Wolfville 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 shows evidence of community service during high school years and/or extracurricular initiatives that have positively affected the quality of life of others. The student must also demonstrate financial need. The bursary may be renewed for up to four years.

The bursary is provided by the Town of Wolfville to address the wishes of its citizens to encourage excellent local students to “stay at home” and attend university.

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Town of Wolfville EDI Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia

The Town of Wolfville EDI Bursary is awarded annually to a student who is from Nova Scotia, preferably Wolfville, and who is entering the first year of a four-year degree program at Acadia University. The eligible student self-identifies as someone who has barriers, and represents the mandate of equity, diversity and inclusion. The student must also possess a demonstrated need for financial assistance. The bursary may be renewed for up to four years.

The bursary is provided by the Town of Wolfville to celebrate diversity and encourage Nova Scotia students of all backgrounds to “stay at home” and attend university.

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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)
advancement@acadiau.ca

Charitable Registration #: 106681893 RR0001