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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John D. Butch Award

Eligible subjectsComputer Science

Established in 2019 by Tracey McGillivray (’87/’15) in honour of a mentor and friend, John D. Butch, this award is granted to a full-time female computer science student who demonstrates leadership qualities through extracurricular activities such as volunteer work, athletics or arts. Preference will be given to students exhibiting financial need.


John Butch, a Vietnam War veteran, served in numerous global senior executive positions with Computer Sciences Corporation, from which he retired in 2010. Prior to his retirement, John led CSC’s largest business unit with a budget of $2.2 billion, managing ~14,000 technology employees, providing services to 300 global companies in 49 countries. It was here that he was a colleague and a mentor to Tracey McGillivray. John has a long history of service to his community as a volunteer for accessibility and sports. Tracey says, “John has always been a champion, advocate and promoter of women in technology and women in leadership. He was identifying and promoting diverse candidates across the globe into and within his own global executive team long before the advancement of diversity appeared on corporate agendas. John has been both a role model and mentor and is a major reason why I and so many other women reached the senior executive levels in the Technology Services Industry. I couldn’t think of a more fitting person for whom to name this award.”

Value: $1,000


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