Scholarships and Financial Assistance

Scholarships and Awards

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.

Acadia Alumni Athletic Awards

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.

Acadia Alumni Student of the Year Award


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.

Acadia Sports Therapy Clinic Athletic Awards

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.

Acadia University Staff Association Award

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.

Alce MacLeod Award in Comparative Religion

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.

Alden R. Clark Athletic Award

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.

Alex McLaughlin (’14) Memorial Award

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.

Alumni Swimming Leadership Award

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.

Andrews Family Basketball Award

Award | Eligibility: Athletics

The Andrews Family Basketball Award was established in 2017 by Amber Andrews (’96). The award will be presented to a student-athlete who:

• is a returning member of the women’s basketball program;

• is in good academic standing;

• demonstrates a hard work ethic and strong leadership with her team;

• provides leadership within the community.

The recipient will be recommended by the Director of Athletics in consultation with the head coach of the women’s varsity basketball program.

Augusta Ada Single Parent Award

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.

Awarded to a student during the admission process or during the academic term on the basis of outstanding academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement or leadership qualities. A minimum average of 80% is required.  For renewable scholarships, students must maintain an 80% (or SGPA of 3.50) in their first year and 85% (or SGPA of 3.67) in their second and subsequent years.
Departmental Awards
At the end of each academic year (after final exams-April) students are automatically considered for scholarship however students should check with their department/school to see whether a separate application is required. 
Granted to a student with demonstrated financial need which is determined by the Scholarship and Financial Assistance Office. Applicants must also be maintaining satisfactory academic progress in their program of study.
The University has a limited amount of money available each year to be awarded to needy and deserving students in the form of bursaries. The money has been provided by individuals and organizations specifically to provide financial assistance to needy students who are performing satisfactorily in an academic program as full‑time undergraduates. Applications will not be considered unless the applicant is registered as a full‑time undergraduate student. In addition, the applicant must have explored all other possible sources of financial assistance such as parental or other family support, Canada Student Loan, State Loan, Higher Education Loan Plan, etc. Click the Bursary and Loan link located on the left-hand side for more information and access to the application form.
Awarded primarily on the basis of both academic achievement and demonstrated financial need (dependent on Canada or US loans to fund their education).
Awards and Prizes
Awarded based on a wide spectrum of donor determined criteria which may be limited to specific programs or activities.