Scholarships and 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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Thomas Ellison and Mildred G. (Francis) Irvine Scholar-Bursary

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.

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Thomas J. Hammett Memorial Scholar-Bursaries


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.

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Town of Wolfville Scholar-Bursary

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.

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