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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W. S. DeWolfe Bursaries


The W. S. DeWolfe Bursaries. The sum of $240 is divided annually at the discretion of the University. By the terms of the bequest, these bursaries are available for male students only. They will not be granted to those receiving aid from the Payzant Fund.

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W.T. Pound Family Bursary

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.

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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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Willie Bradford Kempton Memorial Bursary


The Willie Bradford Kempton Memorial Bursary. A sum of money yielding $25 was given to Acadia by the Reverend Samuel Bradford Kempton, D.D., and his wife, Eliza A. Kempton, as a gift in memory of their son, Willie Bradford Kempton, who died in 1892, aged eight years.

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Winter Carnival Chapel Fund Bursary


The Winter Carnival Chapel Fund Bursary. The Winter Carnival Chapel Fund was raised between 1958 and 1960 by the students of Acadia University through the sale of Chapel fund stamps. The annual interest on this fund (approximately $120) has been designated as a bursary for a Chaplain's assistant. Application should be made through the University Chaplain.

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