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.

Alfred D. Arthurs Scholar-Bursaries

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.

Anthony A. Smith Scholar-Bursary

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.

Anthony G. Fanok Scholar-Bursary

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.

Arthur Owen Hickson Scholar-Bursary

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).

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.