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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Holly Turner Scholar-Bursary

Up to$4,000

Established in 2018 by Holly (Turner) Gunn ('68, '69, '02), the Holly Turner Scholar Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering full-time undergraduate student from rural Lunenburg County in recognition of academic excellence and financial need. If there is no eligible candidate from rural Lunenburg County, a student from rural Nova Scotia will receive the scholar-bursary.


Originally from New Ross, Lunenburg County, Holly went to Acadia University at age 16. During her BEd year, a course about managing a school library for teachers sparked a lifelong interest in school libraries. Holly taught and managed the school library for several years and graduated from Dalhousie School of Library and Information Science in 1978. She had a full career in education, teaching all levels of public and private school as well as university and adult education courses. A published writer, Holly conducted workshops across the country and internationally, and has received several awards for her work throughout her thirty-five year career as a teacher-librarian


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