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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Bob Stead Award

Other eligibility criteriaEntering first year, Nova Scotia

The Bob Stead Award is awarded annually to a student who is from Nova Scotia, preferably Wolfville, and who is entering the first year of a four-year degree program at Acadia University and who self-identifies as a member of the LGBTQ2+ community. The award is provided by the Town of Wolfville in memory of Bob Stead to celebrate diversity and encourage Nova Scotia students to "stay at home" and attend university.

Robert “Bob” Stead ('63) was Acadia's Registrar and later Mayor of the Town of Wolfville. Over his 27-year career with Acadia, Bob became the face of the Admissions Office, epitomizing the ‘personal touch’ that is an Acadia trademark. He was exceptionally well-liked and well-respected by colleagues and students alike. Prior to his retirement from Acadia, Bob was elected to Wolfville’s Town Council, a foray into municipal governance that would ultimately become his second career and would last for 24 years. He was elected Mayor in 1997, a position he held until October of 2012.


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Rm 225 University Hall
15 University Avenue
Wolfville, NS, B4P 2R6, Canada
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