The Arthur Irving Academy

Irving scholars

The Arthur Irving Academy Foundation was created to facilitate education, research and scholarship in environmental science at Acadia University.

The Academy does this in three ways: 1) by offering research grants to Acadia faculty to support research conducted in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens; 2) by offering scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students at Acadia; and 3) by providing funding for a full-time Director of Research of the Arthur Irving Academy at the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.

In the first round of research grant applications in 2014, two awards of $20,000 per year for two years were awarded to Biology faculty. In addition one new faculty member was awarded a grant of $12,000, thus providing over $90,000 in research support to Acadia faculty in the first year alone. In 2015, a total of three grants worth $67,000 were awarded to faculty in Biology, Environmental Science and Computer Science. 

Scholarship support  ($15,000/year) has been equally generous, with three first year scholarships (renewable for 4 years) and three third year scholarships (renewable for two years) awarded in 2014. In 2015 three first year scholarships and one third year scholarship were awarded.  The scholarships facilitate diverse opportunities for mentoring younger students,  volunteering in various environmentally related capacities, or finding work in the KC Irving Science Centre or Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens.    Scholarship recipients, or Arthur Irving Scholars as we call them, are expected to participate in research projects or other scholarly activities that make some significant use of K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and/or Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens in their third and fourth year at Acadia. Students entering a graduate program at Acadia can also apply for support.   One graduate scholarship worth $20,000 per year for two years was awarded to a student entering an MSc program in Biology in each of 2014 and 2015. Overall, the Arthur Irving Academy Scholarships in Environmental Science are among the most generous in Canada, with a total of $560,000 awarded to Acadia students in its first two years of existence.


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