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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W. Gordon Ross Memorial Scholarship in History

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, History, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The W. Gordon Ross Memorial Scholarship in History. This scholarship was endowed in 1989 by Mr. Stanley Ross of Saint John, New Brunswick, in memory of his brother, the Reverend Walter Gordon Ross (B.Th Acadia 1929, MA Acadia 1932). The award shall be made to an outstanding student entering the second or subsequent year of study leading to a BA degree with a major or honours in History. Preference shall be given to students working in the field of Canadian History. It is the donor's wish that the same student, if continuing to be worthy, should receive the scholarship in successive years to graduation. The award will be made by the appropriate committee on the recommendation of the Department of History.

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Whitney Athletic Bursary

Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Visible Minority

Established in 2016 by Mary Whitney MacVicar (’90) and Allan MacVicar (’92), the award is granted annually in recognition of financial need. The recipient is a female student actively involved in athletic pursuits (varsity, club or external) while attending Acadia. Bursary applicants must convey in writing how this bursary will support their academic and athletic endeavours.

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William A. and Bertha L. Harper Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts

The William A. and Bertha L. Harper Memorial Bursary is available for a needy student in a humanities program. Preference will be given to a student from the Maritimes. It was established by Elizabeth (Harper) Kymlicka (B.A. Acadia, 1955) in memory of her parents, William Anderson Harper (B.Th. Acadia, 1931) and Bertha Whitman Harper (L.Mus., Acadia, 1929).

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William G. Fletcher Memorial Award in Classics

Award | Eligibility: Arts, Classics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The William G. Fletcher Memorial Award in Classics is presented each year to a classics student who achieves excellence in the subject and who best demonstrates its application to the modern world. The award is provided in memory of Dr. Fletcher, Head of the Classics Department, 1967-­1977.

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William Laird Archibald Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year

The William Laird Archibald Scholarship of $1160 was endowed by Dr. Francis M. Archibald (Acadia, '19) in honour of his father, Dr. W.L. Archibald (Acadia, 1892), Principal of the Acadia Collegiate Academy, 1916 1926, and Registrar of Acadia University, 1926 1939. The award will normally be made each year to a male student of high standing entering his third undergraduate year in Arts or Science; or it may, at the discretion of the Scholarship Committee, be awarded as an entrance scholarship to an exceptionally bright and needy student.

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