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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Established in 2018 by Ruth Lelacheur ('49), the Ruth and Ernie Lelacheur Scholarship is awarded to full-time undergraduate students from Nova Scotia in recognition of outstanding academic achievement and financial need.
Value: 3 annual scholarships of $3,500.
Cape Bretoners by birth, Ruth Levine and Ernie Lelacheur met at Acadia, having both returned to school after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II. Ruth's siblings, Jack, Art and Dorothy (Dee) also attended Acadia. Ruth ('49) lived in Tully, wrote for the Anthanaeum, and was part of the campus club for war veterans. Ernie ('48) lived in Willett House while earning his BSc in Geology. After obtaining her BA from Acadia, Ruth obtained her BEd from St. Mary's and a MA from Dalhousie. Her career as a teacher was in Dartmouth where she and Ernie settled. Ernie worked as a professional real estate appraiser for the Federal government and was one of only five Fellows of the Appraisal Institute of Canada at the time. While working as a teacher, Ruther was chosen to spend a summer in Thailand teaching English as a second language to Thai teachers. A few years later she participated in a Commonwealth teacher exchange program, teaching for a year in England. Ruth is pleased to create this legacy at Acadia to recognize and assist future scholars.