The Sobey Foundation creates new Acadia student awards

New awards strengthen support for students pursuing higher education and working toward professional credentials in nutrition and dietetics

December 13, 2018

The Sobey Foundation has launched a $500,000 fund to support Acadia University students. Just announced by the University and the Foundation in Halifax on December 12, 2018, the fund will establish the Sobey Bursaries and the Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics and represents a major step forward for the Campaign for Acadia.

“The Sobey Foundation is committed to helping the next generation achieve their educational goals regardless of their financial situation,” said Frank Sobey. “Partnering with Acadia University, which has an exceptional reputation for academic excellence and community engagement, was an ideal choice. Our partnership will not only help individual students achieve their academic goals but will eventually help Canadians live better lives, and we’re proud to contribute to the Campaign for Acadia.”

The Sobey Bursaries will be awarded annually to support Acadia students in any discipline who demonstrate financial need, while the Sobey Awards in Nutrition and Dietetics will assist Nutrition and Dietetics students to offset the costs of pursuing a high-quality dietetic practicum.

“The thoughtful philanthropy of the Sobey Foundation will build capacity for our students to grow and learn while relieving financial pressures associated with the pursuit of higher education and professional designation,” said Dr. Peter Ricketts, Acadia’s President and Vice-Chancellor. “Each day, Acadia’s faculty, staff, and students are following the Sobey Foundation’s mandate, which is to improve the lives of others, and this gift will help them accomplish that goal. We’re extremely grateful for the Foundation’s investment in the Campaign for Acadia.”

Nancy McCain (’82) Chair, Campaign for Acadia, acknowledged the generous $500,000 gift to Campaign for Acadia from The Sobey Foundation during a Campaign celebration hosted at the Nova Scotia Power Corporate Headquarters in Halifax, December 12.

As part of its mission, Acadia students are provided a personalized and rigorous liberal education. Students pursuing a dietetic designation have the additional challenge of meeting the professional requirements for entry into the field. At Acadia, that means an additional 48 weeks of work placements in private and public settings as well as completing a practice-based research project.

“We set very high standards for our students because we want them to be exceptionally well-prepared to enter the profession,” explained Barbara Anderson, Director of Acadia’s School of Nutrition and Dietetics. “We have longer than usual rotations in various areas, including long-term care, and we have a unique partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority.”

She adds that because of the partnership, travel, accommodation, and meal requirements are increased for Nutrition and Dietetics students travelling to locations throughout the Western Region to undertake their practicum. “Their opportunities can mean added expenses and the Sobey Awards will help offset the costs, which will mean so much to our students as they pursue their academic and professional goals.”

About the Sobey Foundation
The Sobey Foundation was founded in 1982 by Frank H. Sobey and his three sons – Bill, David, and Donald. The Foundation’s giving is rooted in the Sobey family’s continued commitment to improving the lives of individuals through investments in health, education, and community. Although the Foundation works with organizations across Canada, the Sobey Foundation primarily supports organizations whose activities make a difference in Atlantic Canada.

About Acadia University
Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier undergraduate institutions. It is consistently ranked as one of Canada’s best primarily undergraduate university by Maclean’s magazine. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small classes, and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. Campaign for Acadia, announced October 11, 2018, has a goal of $75 million.