Where to Give

Scholarships & Bursaries

Why Scholarships & Bursaries? Two main reasons exist for this decision:

  • Tuition rates are frozen, but Nova Scotia still has among the highest tuition rates in the country. For those from more modest backgrounds, the costs are prohibitive because student support is largely in the form of loans, not outright grants. Bursaries are an important way to help students with financial need offset the shortfall between living expenses and maximum Canada Student Loans.
  • Scholarships help us be more competitive with other top-tier universities. Some students will chose to attend a school based on the recognition received for their academic performance. The interactive nature of the programs offered at King’s are contingent on more than having qualified faculty; they require strong student participation. King’s needs to be able to recognize academic achievement with financial incentives in order to attract and retain the best students, enhancing the overall experience of King’s for everyone.

Financial inability should not be a barrier to qualified students choosing King’s, nor should our inability to offer scholarships to top performers be a barrier to attracting the best students to King’s.

Directing your gift to bursaries and scholarships will be greatly appreciated by all of us, and especially by our students.

Annual Giving Fund

Here at King’s, we offer remarkable education. Our small classes and focused curriculum give the College its backbone, our position of leadership in the humanities and journalism. But the life of King’s extends well beyond our intimate classrooms.

At the end of day, after the students have listened and explored ideas through their lectures and classes, they remain busy with student-organized lectures, society meetings, sports teams out at practice, Renaissance polyphony in the Chapel and contemporary music in the Wardroom, and handfuls of King’s Theatrical Society productions in the works.

King’s is small and small is expensive to maintain. Sadly, tuition fees and government grants do not equal the amount required to keep King’s operational.

Annual private funding through our alumni, parents, special friends, and our faculty, staff and Board of Governors, provides important additional support needed to maintain the excellence of our programming.

Each year, we ask you to make a gift to the College through our Annual Giving Fund. You can direct your gift to Scholarships or Bursaries or to an academic area of your choice. Or, you may wish to give an unrestricted gift, allowing King’s to direct your funding to the area of greatest need.

Every gift is noted and appreciated.  Every gift makes a difference.


Where small gifts go to be mighty. The Advancement Office has recently acquired the tools that will make it possible for you to connect with projects at King’s you are passionate about. More details coming soon.

The King's Collegiate Initiative Fund

A historic family tradition, combined with a tribute to a caring President, has inspired a fund that – with your help – can enrich student life every year at King’s.

The King’s Collegiate Initiative Fund has been established by Johanne and Ian McKee in honour of their family whose association King’s spans four generations. This family tradition began with Henry Freeman Zwicker’s graduation from King’s Windsor in 1916, followed by his daughter Johanne Zwicker McKee’s enrolment at King’s College in 1950.  Grandson Andrew McKee was the recipient of the first King’s Medal in 1985, great granddaughter Jennifer McKee graduated from King’s in 2010. Additionally, Fraser McKee (brother-in-law to Johanne Zwicker McKee) was part of HMCS KING’s in 1944.

The King’s Collegiate Initiative Fund has been established by the McKee Family on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. William Barker – President of the University of King’s College 2003-2011 – in recognition of his commitment to student engagement. The McKee Family have asked that the income from this fund be made available, in perpetuity, to the President of the University of King’s College to support initiatives that enhance student life.

Johanne Zwicker McKee and Ian McKee have provided for the fund through an initial gift of $50,000 and have offered a matching gift opportunity up to an additional $50,000.

For more than two hundred years, King’s students have spontaneously generated their communal life in an unlimited, unexpected, indescribable, and changing variety of student societies and activities. The fund assists the student creativity which is the life-giving heart of our beloved College.