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.

Dream Chaser Change Maker Award

Up to$1,000
Eligible facultiesArts, Professional Studies, Pure and Applied Science

Established in 2017 by three Acadia friends, the Dream Chaser Change Maker Award, is awarded annually to an outstanding student who embodies the Acadia spirit. This student embraces everything an education can offer by ambitiously supporting social and or environmental change in their local community or around the world. Having overcome adversity in their own lives, they give back to society and community through active volunteerism. The recipient will be awarded funding for their own education; to chase their dreams, as well as an opportunity to ignite change with funds donated to their choice of UNICEF education programs in developing countries.

Niluka Kottegoda (’03) created the Dream Chaser Change Maker concept to help improve accessibility to education both in Canada and around the world. Close friends Chantal Pelham-Edwards (’03) and Laura Rutherford Watt (’02, ’04) enthusiastically joined the effort. As recipients of awards at Acadia, they wanted to give back to their alma mater and reward students who have qualities most meaningful to their Acadia experience. Niluka, a Vice President at Sobeys Inc., recently completed her Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA based in Toronto. Chantal holds a BA in Political Science from Acadia and is Principal of Third Sector Enhancement Ltd. Laura graduated from Acadia with a BSc (Math) and a BEd and currently is teaching Secondary Mathematics and Science in Calgary.

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.