Scholarships and 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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Margaret Anne Gidney Bursary


Established in 2019 in memory of Margaret Anne Gidney ('71, '73) by her husband Anthony Nelson Sharpe PhD, this bursary is awarded to full-time students preferably from Digby Regional High School in recognition of financial need.


Margaret Anne Gidney grew up in Sandy Cove, NS and obtained her BSc and MSc (Biology) at Acadia University. She joined the Institute of Biological Sciences of the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa, initially studying mercury contamination of fish in the Ottawa River. She then set up and ran a laboratory to develop monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) in a group researching lipopolysaccharide (LPS) bacterial surface antigens. She developed l'vlAbs which are widely used in methods for rapid detection of the enteropathogenic bacterium Escherichia coli. 0157:H7 and for LPS epitopes of Neisseria meningitidis. The latter further developed a conjugate vaccine for Meningitis C that became a vaccine particularly suitable and effective for infants -after two years the disease was virtually wiped out across Great Britain. Margaret Anne retired from NRC in 2006 and died in 2015.

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