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 Robert C. and Ola Swim Memorial Award is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering student from West Kings District High School. Preference will be given to a student with demonstrated leadership, extracurricular, and/or community involvement.
The award was established in 2006. Robert Swim (BA Acadia, 1926; MA 1940) was the first principal at West Kings High School and spent many years serving the youth of Nova Scotia through the high schools and YMCAs as a teacher and administrator. Ola (Berringer) Swim displayed a keen interest in children throughout her life. She taught school in Lunenburg County and the Annapolis Valley for many years, in various roles: classroom teacher, miscellaneous school teacher, remedial reading teacher and principal of MacDonald Consolidated School in Middleton, NS. Although Mrs. Swim never attended Acadia University, she encouraged and helped prepare many students for scholarship there.