Entrance Scholarships

Acadia recognizes and rewards achievement and potential, and we make it easy to apply! When you apply to an Acadia undergraduate program, you will automatically be considered for an entrance scholarship, provided you meet the following criteria:

  • You are a high school, secondary level student or transfer student.
  • You have an average of at least 80% in the courses required for admission. (We calculate your scholarship average by combining the results of your grade 11 and mid-year grade 12 courses that are required for admission.) Please complete the scholarship application online through Acadia Central.
  • You are a transfer student with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 or 80% and you must be in your first undergraduate degree program.

Apply for admission and provide all required admission documentation.

Scholarship applications and reference / endorsement forms (Two references are required, one must be academic) can be completed online.

We are partners in our students' education and we will continue ensure that we do everything possible to make the transition from high school to university a smooth and successful one.

Acadia Renewable Scholarships for Leadership and Outstanding Character

Acadia University offers the following scholarships to eligible students with a minimum 95% scholarship average:


Scholarship Name


Chancellor's Scholarship


 Board of Governor's Scholarship


President's Scholarship


International Baccalureate Scholarship

Renewable entrance scholarships

Values range from $500 - $60,000. For the terms of our renewable scholarships, please visit Scholarship Terms & Conditions.

Merit-based entrance scholarships

In keeping with our commitment to educating the ‘whole person’, some of the entrance scholarships we offer are based on students’ extracurricular achievements.

Entrance awards requiring a separate application

In addition to the entrance scholarships covered by your admission application, you may apply for the scholarships listed below. These awards are offered to Acadia students by our generous donors and alumni, and are among the most prestigious in the country.

The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Studies ($60,000 over 4 years)

The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Studies at Acadia University are among the most prestigious of university scholarships. The scholarships provide some of the best students at Acadia University with the financial assistance and research support they need in order to excel in their studies. Furthermore, recipients are part of a mentorship program and are provided with invaluable opportunities in research at the renowned K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. The financial assistance component of the scholarship is renewable and is valued at $15,000 per academic year. Applicants need a minimum 90 per cent average to be considered.

Value: $15,000 per year over 4 years
Deadline: March 31, 2019
Application Form (PDF)

The AIL Acadia Scholarship ($60,000 over 4 years)

The AIL Acadia Scholarship is awarded annually on a renewable basis to an entering student from Tantramar Regional High School or Amherst Regional High School registered in a Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor/Certificate of Applied Science or Bachelor of Science program at Acadia University. Preference will be given to students studying in engineering, physics, or mathematics and statistics.

The recipient will possess the characteristics of John and Anne Wilson, namely he/she will be entrepreneurial, positively involved in the community life of the Sackville New Brunswick area, and will have demonstrated potential to contribute to, and benefit from, an Acadia University education. The recipient must have an overall minimum average of 80% in university preparatory courses for each of the grades 10, 11 and first semester Grade 12 years. The scholarship was established in 2005 by the generosity of the Wilson family and holds a program value of up to $38,000. In addition, the scholarship includes a residence scholarship, courtesy of Acadia University, for each of the four years at Acadia at a total value of $22,000. Please note: To be considered for this scholarship, students must have a minimum 80% average in grade 11 and grade 12.

Pending Board Approval

Value: $38,000 + $22,000 (residence scholarship) over 4 years.
Deadline: April 1st
Application Form (Word)

The Rotary Club of Wolfville-Acadia University Award ($2,000)

The Rotary Club of Wolfville-Acadia University Award will be awarded annually on a renewable basis to a student who is a graduate from the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board, and who is entering the first year of a degree or certificate program at Acadia University. The applicant must possess an outstanding high school academic record and demonstrate a “Rotary Spirit” through evidence of community service and/or leadership initiatives that have positively affected the quality of life of others. Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need. The Rotary Club of Wolfville provides the award in partnership with Acadia University to ensure that outstanding local candidates have an opportunity to attend university.

Value: $2,000
Deadline: March 1st
Application Form (PDF)

The Port Williams Jam Scholastic Award ($1,500)

The Port Williams Jam Scholastic Award is available annually to a Canadian citizen who is entering their first year at Acadia has been a resident in the Village of Port Williams for at least five years. The recipient will have exhibited scholastic merit (a minimum academic performance of 75 per cent in Grades 11 and 12), can demonstrate financial need, and will have made a positive contribution to community life and church affairs.

Value: $1,500
Deadline: May 31st
Application Form (PDF)

The VEMCO Entrance Scholarships in Business ($1,250)

The VEMCO Entrance Scholarships in Business are awarded annually to two students entering the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program and who have participated in extracurricular activity. At least one recipient will be a Nova Scotia resident. Preference will be given to the children of VEMCO/AMIRIX Systems Inc. employees and those who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial mind-set. The awards are made on recommendation of the Director of the Fred C. Manning School of Business. The scholarships were established in 2010 through the generosity of VEMCO/AMIRIX Systems Inc. in their support of post-secondary education.

Approximate value: $1,250
Deadline: March 1st
Application Form (PDF)

The Acadia Alumni Award Program ($500)

Children and grandchildren of Acadia alumni are eligible for this one-time award to be applied against their first-year tuition.

Value: $500
Deadline: mid-August
Apply: Alumni Affairs Tuition Discount