Friends of Sable Island is offering a $1,000 scholarship in 2017 to promote learning and awareness about Canada’s 43rd National Park.

Sable Island is a 41-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 400 wild horses.  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 in an effort to reduce the suffering and loss of life and cargo that resulted from the frequent shipwrecks on and near Sable’s shores.There are an estimated 350 shipwrecks near Sable Island, the most recent being in 1999. Sable Island gained international attention in the 1970s with the discovery of oil and gas reserves on Sable Island Bank. Nova Scotia’s economy continues to benefit from offshore petroleum activity near Sable Island.

Scholarship Details

The Friends of Sable Island Society $1000 (CDN) 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 2017. Funds will be paid to the post-secondary institution on the student’s behalf.
  • Form of submission is the student’s choice: some examples are a 5-minute video, journal entry, an original piece of art, a poster, a 500-word essay, poem, short story, feature story, or op-ed.
  • In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, all 2017 scholarship entries must showcase Nova Scotia’s integral role in Sable Island’s growth, development or preservation. Areas of interest might include, but are not limited to, cultural history, government projects, wildlife, oil and gas activities, fresh water, tourism, meteorology, fishery, conservation, salvage, military. Go to for more inspiration.
  • The winning submission will be featured on our website.
  • All submissions remain the intellectual property of the students.

Application Info

  • Submissions are to be sent to by April 15, 2017.
  • Submissions are to be accompanied by a completed Sable Island Scholarship 2017 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.
  • Pictures of artwork or posters must be in high definition .JPG, .PNG or .PDF format. (The Friends of Sable Island reserves the right to make arrangements to view artwork in person.)
  • Papers, poems or essays must be in non-scanned .PDF format.


  • Creativity, clarity, accuracy and content will be used for the evaluation of the submissions.
  • The decision of the Review Committee is final.
  • Review of the submissions will occur by May 23, 2017.