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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The Stu Aberdeen Memorial Basketball Award was established in 2020 by the Estate of Michael Tzagarakis. The award will be presented to a student-athlete who is a member of the men’s basketball program. The recipient shall be in good academic standing, shows a passion for guiding and inspiring teammates to compete at the highest level and be a positive role model in the community. The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the men’s basketball program.
The Stu Aberdeen Memorial Basketball Award was created to recognize the impact Stu Aberdeen had at Acadia University. Mike Tzagarakis played for Coach Aberdeen in 1960-61 season. Aberdeen coached the Axemen from 1958 to 1966 amassing an impressive 122-50 win-loss record. He led Acadia to its first national men’s basketball championship in 1965. While coaching college basketball in the United States, Aberdeen passed away suddenly in 1979. Stu Aberdeen was inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the court in Acadia’s War Memorial Gymnasium was named in his honour in 2016.