NEWS: Around the Arctic February 14, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Students on Ice seeks eager high school students for 2013 Arctic expedition

Scholarships available for Inuit students from Nunavut and Nunavik


If you’re a high school student from Nunavut or Nunavik who has an urge to travel and learn more about the Arctic, you have two weeks left to apply for a scholarship for a Students on Ice Arctic educational expedition in 2013.

The scholarships, worth more than $10,000, which covers all expedition fees, will bring students to Greenland and Nunavut from July 14 to 28, a Students on Ice news release said.

“Thanks to the support of our many generous sponsors and partners, scholarships are available for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience like a Students on Ice expedition,” the news release said.

Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami provides scholarships to Inuit across Canada, while Makivik Corp. offers scholarships to Nunavik beneficiaries.

If you go on this summer’s trip, you’ll start your travels from Ottawa. After flying to Kangerlussuaq in Greenland, the Students on Ice will explore the western coast of Greenland aboard a cruise ship before crossing Davis Strait, circling Bylot Island and ending the journey in Resolute Bay.

The expedition will involve 85 international high school students aged 14 to 18, a team of 45 elders, educators, scientists, historians, artists, explorers, innovators, experts, and public and private sector leaders.

More information, and application forms can be found here.

You have until 5 p.m. on March 1 to apply.

Students on Ice also announced Antarctic scholarships that are available for the expedition that takes place from Dec. 27, 2013 to Jan. 10, 2014.

The deadline for that expedition falls on May 1 and forms are available on the Students on Ice website.

Expedition activities on the Arctic and Antarctic expeditions include workshops, wildlife encounters, community visits and learning about climate change, traditional knowledge, history, scientific research, art, music, and other Arctic and global issues.