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.

Idella B. Cross Memorial Bursary

Bursary | Eligibility: Arts, Comparative Religion, Current 1st year, Current 2nd year, Current 3rd year, Current 4th year

The Idella B. Cross Memorial Bursary is provided through the generosity of Miss Grace E. Lohnes from the legacy left by Miss Idella B. Cross. It is available to a needy student taking a course or courses in Comparative Religion.

Ingram B. Oakes - University Entrance Scholarship

Scholarship | Eligibility: Entering first year

University Entrance Scholarships valued at $3500 each ($875 annually for up to four years) are awarded each year

IODE Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship

Scholarship of up to $1,200 | Eligibility: Professional Studies, Education, Current 2nd year, Nova Scotia

The IODE Annie G. Murray Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a second-year student registered in a program leading to the Bachelor of Education degree. Preferably from Nova Scotia, 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.

Ira F. Dyas Bursary


The Ira F. Dyas Bursary with an annual value of $160 endowed by Mrs. E. C. Bennett of Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, in memory of her brother, the late Ira E. Dyas, M.D., is to be applied annually on tuition.

Isaac Chipman Scholarship


The Isaac Chipman Scholarship. An award of $470 a year awarded every second year for two years, was endowed by Mrs. Murray R. Chipman of Montreal, Quebec, to honour the memory of Isaac Chipman, scientist and humanist and one of the co founders of Acadia. It is to be awarded not earlier than the end of the second year to a student with high standing and great promise with a view to assisting them to complete the University course, the scholarship to be a credit one half on the fees of the junior year and one half on the fees of the senior year. Failure to maintain high standing throughout the junior year will result in the forfeiture of the scholarship during the senior year.

Isaac Judson Levy Scholarship


The Isaac Judson Levy Scholarship ($455) was established at the ten-year reunion of the Class of 1975. It is annually awarded to a superior senior student who has made significant contributions to university life and does not receive other major University funding. Dr. Levy (B.A. Acadia, 1931; B.D., S.T.M. Andover Newton Theological School, 1944, 1952; D.D. (Hon.) Acadia, 1956), served as Chaplain at Acadia from 1964 to 1975.

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.