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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Scholarship of up to $1,550 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 3rd year
The W. Malcolm Orchard Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to an outstanding student who has completed three years of study towards the Honours degree in Chemistry and plans to pursue graduate studies in that field. Mr.Orchard graduated from Acadia with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1937.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Environmental Science, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The W.T. Pound Family Bursary support the study of ecology and is awarded to a third or fourth year student in the Environmental Science program enrolled in one or more ecology courses, with preference for a student whose studies focus on ecology. The award is made to a citizen of Canada who is in need of financial support. This bursary was established in remembrance of Jessie Edith and William Thomas Pound; they are honoured by the family they created and encouraged.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Environmental Science, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The W.T. Pound Family Scholarship recognizes excellence and achievement in the study of ecology. The scholarship is presented at the end of each academic year, upon the recommendation of the Head of the Department of Biology, to an Environmental Science programme honours student completing the third or fourth year, enrolled in one or more ecology courses. Preference will be given to a student whose studies focus on ecology. This scholarship was established in remembrance of Jessie Edith and William Thomas Pound; they are honoured by the family they created and encouraged.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Pursuing an Honours Research Project
The Walker Science Research Award is designed to support the unique research work of Acadia’s most promising undergraduate Honours students in Science. It will be awarded during the summer prior to the final year in recognition of their research proposal for the BSc Honours in any of the natural sciences.
Robert Walker (’73, ’17) and Karen Higgins (’74), both from Dartmouth, met in High School and were married a few days before Karen’s graduation from Acadia. Karen subsequently spent much of her career in financial services. Bob continued his studies after his BSc in Physics at McMaster, earning a MEng in Engineering Physics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering. He has received many academic and service awards for his outstanding career as government scientist, manager and senior executive. Karen and Bob have three children and nine grandchildren.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Wanda Langley Award will be awarded annually on recommendation of the Biology Department to support a student majoring in Biology who is participating in research activities; demonstrates initiative and improvement in their academic program; and possesses strong community and Acadia spirit. Preference will be given to Honours students.
The award was established in 2008 through contributions from faculty and staff in honour of Wanda Langley. Wanda’s 36.5 years of commitment to Acadia and her dedication to students are celebrated though this award.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Mathematics and Statistics, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The White Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics to a student who is studying towards a degree with a major in a program offered by that Department. The scholarship is made available through the White Memorial Fund which for many years was used to support a named chair in mathematics. In 1997, faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics agreed that the funds should be used to recognize outstanding academic achievement. The White Memorial Fund was established through an endowment by the White family, shipbuilders and lumbering entrepreneurs, many of whom were educated at Acadia University.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Current 2nd year, Entering first year
The William Laird Archibald Scholarship was endowed by Dr. Francis M. Archibald (1919) in honour of his father, Dr. W.L. Archibald (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 student of high standing entering third 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. The endowment fund for the William Laird Archibald Scholarship was enhanced in 2020 by grandson William Archibald Fillmore (1958).