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.

If you would like to give generally to the Scholarships and Financial Aid, please click here.

Greg Somerville Award in Innovation

Up to$7,000

Established in 2018 by David Huestis ('63), the Greg Somerville Award in Innovation is granted in recognition of exceptionality. Demonstrating achievement academically and socially, through community service, student leadership, and innovation, the recipients also persevere through adversity and have financial need. Available to full-time students who are engaged in studies in the David Huestis Innovation Pavilion, the awards are valued at $6,000- $7,000 annually.

Greg Somerville was born and raised in Ontario, graduated with a BA in History from the University of Waterloo, and started his career as an insurance adjuster in 1979. Over the next decade he progressed to Vice President of Claims. At Aviva Canada, he was Senior Vice President and then Executive Vice President, retiring as President and CEO in 2018. His extraordinary contributions to the insurance industry are recognized by colleague David Huestis with the establishment of this award.

David Huestis graduated from Acadia University in 1963 with a BSc in Mathematics. David attained a second degree in business from Dalhousie and on his return home to New Brunswick, incorporated Huestis Insurance Group in 1966. Now operating over 40 brokerages, Huestis is the largest independently owned insurance brokerage in Atlantic Canada. David has been involved for over 40 years with the world scouting organization, as past Board Chairman of Scouts Canada and Chairman of Audit Committee of World Scout Foundation, and was recognized with the Bronze Wolf, World Scouting's highest award.


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