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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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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