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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J M Brown Scholarship

Eligible facultiesArts
Eligible subjectsPolitics, Sociology
Other eligibility criteriaGraduate

Established in 2022, the J M Brown (’71) Scholarship is awarded in recognition of academic excellence to a full-time graduate student in Politics or Sociology. If there is no eligible graduate candidate, undergraduates majoring in Politics, Sociology, History or Philosophy are to be considered for this scholarship. Financial need may be used as criteria to choose between equal candidates.

Jim Brown was born and raised in Nova Scotia where he attended high school in Brookfield and spent four years at Acadia. Graduating in 1971 with a BSc in Mathematics, he spent two years at McMaster University where he met his wife, writer Dinah Shields, and graduated with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Jim started his career in the Ottawa technology industry and, after about 10 years, found his calling as a GPS design engineer. He helped introduce GPS to the aircraft, automotive and cell phone industries and has been enjoying retirement on the shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario since 2015.


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