To encourage and recognize high scholastic achievement, Acadia University offers scholarships and awards to incoming students as well as scholarships, prizes, medals and awards to current students.
Incoming students will automatically be considered for entrance scholarships, provided they meet the criteria.
Current students will automatically be considered for most undergraduate scholarships for which they qualify. Some awards do require an application. We will email any eligible current students, asking if they would like to apply, and will provide the award details.
Students who have been awarded a renewable scholarship may have the award extended up to four years, provided they meet the criteria. We will consider renewal on an individual basis for those students who are graduating from a three-year program and plan to return for a fourth year of undergraduate study.
Acadia Divinity College students are ineligible for funding through these programs and should contact ADC directly with funding inquiries.
Click on the appropriate highlighted letter to search by name or use the listing on the right to locate scholarships by category.
Scholarship of up to $1,200 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Nutrition, Current 2nd year
The A. Ruth (Mackinnon) Laws (of Pictou County) Scholarship in Nutrition and Dietetics is awarded annually to the student achieving top marks at the end of the second year in a program offered through the School of Nutrition and Dietetics or a successor or the most closely related school or program. The scholarship, valued at $1,200 (or the actual yield from the endowment not to exceed $1,200) is made possible through the generosity of Mr.Charles Laws of Sidney, BC in memory of his wife Ruth (Acadia '37).
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Acadia Alumni Athletic Awards are awarded annually on recommendation of the Director of Varsity Athletics to two Acadia women’s varsity athletes. The recipients should be quality student-athletes who show exemplary leadership and dedication in their sport, community and classroom. Preference is to have the awards directed to two different varsity sports.
The awards have been established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University.
Scholarship of up to $2,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
Established by the Acadia Alumni association in 2018, this scholarship is awarded to a student entering the senior/final year of their program in a declared major within the Faculty of Arts at Acadia University. The Scholarship will be awarded in recognition of their contributions to the Arts at Acadia University. Criteria considered for the award is based on the student’s contributions to the Arts in their field of study and their academics, as determined by the previous years’ marks and on the basis of an interview and the submission of a representative piece of work or works, which will be scrutinized by an examining committee.
The Acadia Alumni Student of the Year Award was established by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University in 1981 to recognize and honour an outstanding undergraduate student. The award is made annually to a student who has shown outstanding qualities of character, leadership, personality and scholarship and has made significant contributions to university life.
Award | Eligibility: Athletics
The Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic Athletic Awards. Established in 2013 by Darren and Ann Booth. To be presented annually, for five years, to returning female and male student-athletes who have overcome significant adversity and demonstrate a strong academic standing, community leadership and an above average commitment to improving their athletic performance through physical, mental or other forms of rehabilitative training. The recipients will be chosen by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the appropriate therapy and coaching staff.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Aboriginal and/or Africian Nova Scotia
The William Hall Heritage Scholarship is awarded by VANSDA to provide financial assistance for two African Nova Scotian youth residing in the Annapolis Valley (from Windsor to Digby) so that they will be encouraged to continue their post-secondary education at Acadia University immediately following completion of graduation requirements set by the Nova Scotia Department of Education.
Acadia University will provide matching funds up to $1,000 to each recipient, to a maximum of two awards annually once they are registered as a full time student at Acadia University.
Medal | Eligibility: Divinity
The Acadia University Silver Medal in Theology is awarded to the top all-around Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Theology) graduating student at Acadia Divinity College. Primary consideration will be given to students who have achieved a minimum CGPA of 3.6, with at least 75% of their degree requirements having been completed at Acadia. In addition to meeting the academic criteria, students will demonstrate spiritual maturity, an interest in the life of the College, and meaningful contribution to the ministry and life of the Church. This award is made annually at Spring Convocation by the University at the recommendation of the Faculty of Theology. Students may not receive this award more than once.
Award of up to $1,590
The Acadia University Staff Association Award is made each year to an Acadia Service Employees International Union staff member or their spouse, child, grandchild, step-child, niece or nephew who is a full time student. First consideration will be given to staff and immediate family members. The recipient will be recommended by the SEIU executive. The award is based on academic performance and need.
Bursary | Eligibility: Athletics
Established in 2015 by friends of the women’s ice hockey team, this bursary is awarded annually to a member of the women’s hockey team in recognition of financial need. The recipient has a solid academic record and shows dedication to her team and community.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration
The Acadie Vie/Acadia Life Scholarship is awarded annually to a student from the Maritime Provinces who enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration program. Preference will be given to a student who is a resident of an Acadian community/region. This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of Acadie Vie/Acadia Life of Caraquet, New Brunswick.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, Applied Science, Business Administration, Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Entering first year
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
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Alan M. Wilson Scholarship of $960 ($240 a year for up to four years) was endowed by the late Alan M. Wilson, D.C.L., of Manchester, New Hampshire.
Award | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alce MacLeod Award in Comparative Religion was established by Preston Warren (Acadia, 1925) in the name of his wife, Alice MacLeod Warren (Acadia, 1925). The award is in the amount of $195. Students who have excelled in the study of Comparative Religion are eligible for the award, but preference will be given to one who intends to proceed to a degree in theology upon completion of the Bachelor's degree.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alden B. Dawson Scholarship. One or two scholarships are awarded annually for advanced study in biology, to a Masters student or to an Honours student. Dr. Alden B. Dawson (B.A. Acadia, 1915; Ph.D. Harvard, 1918; D.Sc. Acadia, 1938) was a distinguished professor of Anatomy and Zoology at Harvard University.
Award of up to $1,505 | Eligibility: Athletics, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alden R. Clark Athletic Award is provided by Dr. Alden R. Clark (B.A. Acadia, 1924; D.C.L. (Hon.), 1978) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. The award is given on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to a New Brunswick resident entering their second or subsequent year of study at Acadia who has given evidence of good academic achievement, leadership and sporting behaviour and has participated in varsity intercollegiate sport. At the discretion of the Director of Athletics, two awards of equal value may be made in any given year.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Business Administration, Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Alden R. Clark Scholarship in Business Administration is a renewable entrance scholarship of $1400 established by Dr. Alden R. Clark (B.A. Acadia, 1924; D.C.L. (Hon.), 1978) of Fredericton, New Brunswick. It is available to a resident of the Province of New Brunswick who is entering the School of Business Administration.
Award | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
Established in 2015, to be awarded to an entering full-time student who is a high school varsity athlete showing exceptional commitment to sport. Preference for students from the Dartmouth area.
Alex McLaughlin passed away just prior to his graduation from Acadia University in 2014 at the age of 23. While at Acadia, he played varsity basketball for two years and his winning basket in 2008 secured the Axemen’s place in the Atlantic University Sport finals. Educated in Dartmouth schools, Alex was a stellar athlete, excelling in basketball, volleyball, golf, badminton, paddling, baseball and even bowling. He was male athlete of the year as a senior at Dartmouth High School and represented Nova Scotia on the U17 provincial basketball team in 2007. Alex was quiet and shy with a rich sense of humour, giving love and light to those who knew his soft and gentle soul.
Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry
The Alexander L. Anderson Bursary. The late Mrs. A. L. Anderson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has left to the University an amount sufficient to yield $3800 per year which is to be used to assist students of superior ability in need of help who are majoring in chemistry or biology, preferably, but not necessarily, those who are looking forward to medicine.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, New Brunswick
The Alexander L. Anderson Scholarship. A scholarship of $320 has been endowed by the late Mrs. A. L. Anderson of Wolfville, Nova Scotia, in memory of her husband, the late Alexander L. Anderson, M.D. (Horton Academy, 1892), to be awarded to a qualified entrant from the Province of New Brunswick. If a satisfactory record is maintained, the scholarship will be continued for the same student throughout the academic program. If in any year no student qualifies for the award, the sum may be used as bursary aid for needy and deserving students.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Alfred C. Fuller Scholarship of $960 ($320 a year for up to three years) was endowed by Mr. Alfred C. Fuller of Hartford, Connecticut.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year, Entering first year
The Alfred D. Arthurs Scholar-Bursaries in Chemistry are awarded annually to students who have declared a major in chemistry on the basis of scholastic achievement and financial need. The scholar-bursaries are available to entering and continuing students. The scholar-bursaries were established by Alfred D. Arthurs, a member of the graduating class of 1929.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Chemistry, Entering first year
The Alfred D. Arthurs Scholarship in Chemistry is awarded annually to an entering student who has declared a major in chemistry. The scholarship is valued at $10,000 ($5,500 in one year and $1,500 in each subsequent year). Renewal of the scholarship will be subject to the policies of the Scholarships, Prizes and Awards Committee. The scholarship was established by Alfred D. Arthurs, a member of the gradating class of 1929.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Art, Music, Theatre Studies, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Alice Maud Fitch Grant Memorial Scholarships were provided for in the Estate of Dr. Marion Elder Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1921; M.A. Toronto, 1931; LL.D., U.N.B., 1950; DCL Acadia, 1964). Dr. Grant was Dean of Women (1936-60), President of the Canadian Federation of University Women (1949-52), President of the Associated Alumni (196163) and member of the Board of Governors (1976-87). In 1984 she was chosen as "Woman of the Century" by the Associated Alumni. She died in 1989. Alice Maud Fitch Grant (B.A. Acadia, 1885; M.A. 1892; M.A. McMaster, 1894) was the second woman to graduate from Acadia. The in-course scholarships are available annually to students entering the second or subsequent years of study in the Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Arts (Art), or Bachelor of Arts (Theatre Studies) on recommendation of the appropriate Dean or Director.
Bursary | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Alumni Bursary – Valley Branch will be awarded to two entering students with demonstrated financial need from high schools in the Annapolis Valley. Preference will be given to students with a direct Acadia alumni connection (son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter).
These awards were established in 2009 and have been provided from the proceeds of the Annual Acadia Alumni Golf Tournament held in the Annapolis Valley.
Award of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Athletics
Alumni Swimming Leadership Award. Established in 2014 by Rob Harris, Class of 1995. To be awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of Athletics to an entering or returning varsity swimmer who demonstrates commitment to leadership in the pool while maintaining strong academic standards as a student athlete in the classroom.
This award will be open to eligible students with an academic average of 70% or more.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Pure and Applied Science, Entering first year
The Alvah H. and Mabel DeW. Chipman Memorial Scholarships. Two of $2600 each have been provided by gifts of Sidney S. Chipman (Acadia, 1924), Carol Chipman Noble (Acadia, 1925), and Curtis H. Chipman in memory of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alvah H. Chipman, formerly of Hampton, New Brunswick, and of their paternal grandparents, the Rev. Alfred Chipman (Acadia, 1855) and Mrs. Alice Shaw Chipman, the first principal of Acadia Ladies Seminary (1861). The awards are made annually to entering students on the basis of scholarship and financial need. They may be renewed for a second year providing a satisfactory academic record is maintained. Preference is given to students with major interest in the fine arts or natural sciences.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 2nd year
The Ambassador of Austria in Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Austrian Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their second year of study of German.
Prize | Eligibility: Spanish
The Ambassador of Spain in Canada Book Prize in Spanish is provided by the Spanish Embassy to be awarded by the Department of Spanish on the basis of distinction to the graduating student major who has achieved the highest average throughout their years of study of the Spanish language.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 3rd year
The Ambassador of Switzerland Canada Book Prize in German is provided by the Swiss Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student who has achieved the highest average throughout their third year of study of German.
Prize | Eligibility: Arts, German, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year
The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Canada Book Prizes in German are provided by the German Embassy to be awarded by the Department of German on the basis of distinction to a student each in their first, second and third year of study of German who has achieved the highest average.
Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Amelia Black Bursary. A fund bequeathed by the late Miss Amelia Black provides $30 to be used to assist some needy student in the School of Music
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year
The Andrew P. Watson Memorial Entrance Scholarship ($3120) was endowed by his sister, Mrs. Anna Coward. Mr. Watson (B.A. Acadia, 1917) had a distinguished career as a teacher in schools in Cape Breton and Quebec. The scholarship is awarded annually to a superior entrant without reference to program
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, French, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Anna Julia Taylor Memorial Scholarship is available in the second or subsequent year, on recommendation of the Department of French, to a student who is pursuing an honours program in French. Dr. Taylor graduated from Memorial, Dalhousie and Columbia Universities and studied at the Sorbonne. She taught at Acadia from 1948 to 1956.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Annapolis Valley Muslim Community Scholarship will be awarded annually to two entering students with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to students from the Annapolis Valley.
This award was established in 2009 by the Annapolis Valley Muslim Community in appreciation of becoming part of the community.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year
The Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second year student registered in a program leading to the Bachelor of Education degree. The recipient must have demonstrated an interest adding to the quality of life of others through campus or community activities and have demonstrated financial need. The scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the Provincial Chapter of Nova Scotia IODE in memory of Annie G. Murray (Sem 1911). Miss Murray was a dedicated teacher and member of the IODE and was involved in many community activities.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year, Nova Scotia
The Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarship are provided for from the Estate of Malcolm Smith, a friend of the University, in memory of his mother. The scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the University with preference for Annapolis County residents.
The Annie McClelland Smith Memorial Scholarships are provided for, from the Estate of Malcolm Smith, a friend of the University, in memory of his mother. The scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the University with preference for Annapolis County residents.
Scholar-Bursary of up to $1,000 | Eligibility: Arts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science, International student
As a student at Acadia, Anthony Smith rose as a leader amid his peers in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on campus and was known to hold great affection for his alma mater. After graduation and upon returning to the Bahamas, he devoted his spare time to the development of the country’s youth, mentoring them through sport and in organizations such as Junior Achievement, often doing pro bono training with students preparing for accounting certification. Anthony sought no recognition for his contribution to his fellow Bahamians, but was known to be quietly generous with those in need. As an act of gratitude and respect – and to follow his example – his friends and fellow Acadia alumni have established the Anthony A. Smith BBA ‘01 Scholar-Bursary as a memorial tribute. The scholar-bursary, valued at $1,000 annually, will be awarded to a Bahamian student in full-time study in any discipline at Acadia who demonstrates both academic achievement and/or promise and financial need.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
The Anthony G. Fanok Scholar-Bursary is awarded on a renewable basis to an entering or returning student in the Faculty of Science with demonstrated financial need. Preference will be given to a student graduating from a high school in Canada with an interest in athletic activities. The endowed scholar-bursary was established in 2005 by Anthony G. Fanok, BSC '63.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Applied Science, Entering first year
APENS Entrance Scholarship. APENS provides a scholarship annually to a graduating student from each of the Associate Universities in Nova Scotia, who exhibit academic excellence. The scholarship to be held at DalTech. Candidates must apply to their University. The scholarship consists of a certificate, memento, and a cash value of $2000. The Director of Engineering at each of the six Associated Universities will make the selection for the university.
Prize | Eligibility: Applied Science
APENS Prize. APENS selects one Prize winner each year from the APENS Award winners at each of the Associated Universities. The APENS Prize will replace the Award. The Prize consist will consist of an engraved certificate, a memento and a cash prize subjected to registration to DalTech, in an accredited engineering program. Valued at $2000. The Prize winner will be selected by the Student Affairs Committee of APENS. The candidates will be judged on a brief oral presentation and a written application.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Arts, Music, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Archibald A. Reid Memorial Scholarship in Music is awarded annually on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Music to a needy student in the Bachelor of Music degree program who possesses superior musical and academic talents. The scholarship, established in 1978, is provided by Allan A. Reid, B.Comm. McGill, 1953, (father of Clifford A. Reid, B.A., B.Ed. Acadia, 1971), in response to a suggestion of his late wife, Camille, nee Delorme, who had high regard for Acadia's School of Music and loving affection for her late father-in-law.
Scholarship of up to $15,000 | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Environmental Science, Entering first year, Graduate
The Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Science 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.
Scholar-Bursary | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science
The Arthur Owen Hickson Scholar-Bursary in Computer Science is awarded annually to one or more students in a Bachelor of Science degree program on the basis of financial need and academic performance. It may be awarded to entering or in-course students. The scholar-bursary has been made possible through a bequest from the late Dorothy B. Hickson of Saint John, New Brunswick in memory of her brother, Arthur Owen Hickson (BA '21).
The Arthur, Norman, Dean and David Rogers Scholarship was provided for by the late Arthur Rogers (B.A. Acadia, 1915; LL.B. Dalhousie, 1921; K.C. 1933; D.C.L. Acadia, 1938). It is awarded at the end of each year on recommendation of the Students' Council to the student who has shown the most outstanding leadership in student affairs during that year.
The ASU Student Leadership Scholarship is awarded annually to one or more returning students who are nominees for an ASU Leadership Award and have made a significant contribution to student life at Acadia University both inside and outside the classroom while maintaining a recognizable academic standard. The scholarship was established in 2004 through generous contributions from Sodexho and the Acadia Students’ Union.
Scholarship | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Biology, Current 4th year
The Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists Donald G. Dodds Scholarship is awarded annually on recommendation of the Department of Biology, in conjunction with the Faculty of Science. Preference will be given to graduate students in the Masters of Science program in Biology. If in any year the scholarship cannot be awarded to a graduate student, it can be awarded to an honours student enrolled in Biology and should that not be possible to a graduate student or an honours student enrolled in the Faculty of Science. Candidates should have a demonstrated academic focus on fish and wildlife biology. The scholarship has been funded by the Atlantic Society of Fish and Wildlife Biologists.
The AUFA STUDENT BURSARY will be awarded annually to an Acadia University student who exhibits financial need. Preference will be given to an immediate family member (child or spouse) of any unionized employee (not limited to Acadia University unions).
The bursary was established in 2007 by the Acadia University Faculty Association.
Award | Eligibility: Pure and Applied Science, Computer Science, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year
The Augusta Ada Single Parent Award is available to a needy single parent who is in receipt of benefits from the Nova Scotia Department of Social Services or receiving similar benefits from another source. The eligible student must be taking at least four credits and have a minimum A (80%) average. Preference is given to women in computer science. The award is provided by Alumni and Friends in honour of the contributions of Augusta Ada in the field of computer science as the world's first computer programmer.