Acadia Doctoral Scholarship: Unlike most other D.Min. programs, Acadia offers qualifying D.Min. students generous financial assistance. According to the Association of Theological Schools, Acadia has the highest per student endowment of any seminary in Canada. Because of this and the generosity of supporters, D.Min. students are able to apply to receive the Acadia Doctoral Scholarship.
The Acadia Doctoral Scholarship is currently valued at up to $3,000 (up to $750 for each of four years). Recipients carry the title Acadia Doctoral Scholar. The scholarship requires that students complete at least 12 credit hours toward their degree each of the first three years and that they make significant progress on their thesis in the fourth year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic record, ministry track record, application letter, and financial need. If you miss the deadline for your first year of studies it is possible to apply to receive funding for years two, three, and four of your program. If, for some reason, you need to take a leave of absence from the program for a year you can apply to have their scholarship suspended and reinstated at a later date.
To apply for a scholarship, simply include a carefully written application letter along with your program application letting us know how much you are applying for, your means of support for the program, and your track record in ministry. This information, combined with your academic transcript and date of application, will help the admissions committee determine recipients and the amounts they are awarded.
International Student Scholarship: Students from outside North America may apply for an International Student Scholarship at the same time they apply for an Acadia Doctoral Scholarship. This scholarship is valued at $1,000 and is awarded on the same basis as the Acadia Doctoral Scholarship.
MacRae Prize: The D.Min. graduate who has written the best thesis is honored with the MacRae Prize during the ADC Commissioning Service which is held each May on graduation weekend. The prize is named in honor of Dr. Andrew MacRae, former Principal of Acadia Divinity College and Dean of Theology at Acadia University, and long-time Director of Doctoral Studies at Acadia Divinity College. The prize is valued at $300. The winner is determined by vote of the D.Min. staff.