Scholarship 2019

Friends of Sable Island Society, in partnership with Parks Canada, is offering a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to Sable Island National Park Reserve in 2019 to promote learning and awareness of Canada’s 43rd National Park Reserve.

Sable Island National Park Reserve

Sable Island National Park Reserve is a 42-kilometre stretch of sand located approximately 290 kilometres southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is home to many species of animals and plants, including between 150 and 550 wild horses, which were introduced sometime shortly after 1738. The Island is also home to many birds, including small numbers of the threatened Roseate Tern, and is the only breeding ground of the rare Ipswich Sparrow. Also living on Sable Island is the largest congregation of breeding Grey Seals and a small resident population of Harbour Seals.

There has been a continuous human presence on Sable Island since 1801 when the colonial government in Nova Scotia founded a lifesaving establishment to reduce the suffering and loss of life and cargo that resulted from the frequent shipwrecks on and near Sable’s shores. There have been an estimated 350 shipwrecks near the Island, the most recent being in 1999, earning Sable Island the title “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.

Scholarship Details

  • The Friends of Sable Island Society $1000 (CAD) scholarship is open to any grade 12 student in the Nova Scotia school system.
  • Monies must be applied to a post-secondary educational institution in 2019. Funds will be paid to the post-secondary institution on the student’s behalf.
  • Scholarship includes a day-trip to Sable Island National Park Reserve with Parks Canada during the summer of 2019, subject to scheduling and as weather permits.
  • Form of submission is a 3-5 minute video.
  • Submissions must address the shipwrecks and/or the lifesaving role of Sable Island. Applicants are expected to create a video that will hold the attention of students in Grades 3-5 and combine elements of both history and science. The video will be evaluated from the perspective of a potential teaching aid for use of teachers in a lesson plan.
  • The winning submission will be featured on the Friends of Sable Island Society and Parks Canada websites, YouTube channels and Facebook pages.
  • All submissions remain the intellectual property of the students.

Application Information

  • Submissions must be sent by e-mail to by 11:59pm on Tuesday April 30, 2019. Supporting documentation can be scanned and e-mailed to, or mailed to “Friends of Sable Island Society, PO Box 622, Halifax CRO, Halifax, NS  B3J 2R7”.
  • Submissions must be accompanied by a completed application form, a reflective statement, a current resume and a transcript from the most recent reporting period indicating a grade point average of 75+.
  • The reflective statement should be 250 words or less on what Sable Island means to you and why you have applied for this scholarship.
  • All copyright rules must be followed. For example, permission to use music or other people’s images must be obtained and submitted with the application.
  • Videos must be in one of the following formats: .MOV; .MPEG4; .AVI; .WMV.


  • Creativity, clarity, accuracy and content will be considered when evaluating the submissions.
  • The decision of the Review Committee is final.
  • Review of the submissions will occur by May 31, 2019 and the scholarship will be awarded by June 30, 2019.