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: 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.
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.
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.