Scholarship 2020

** Updated in response to COVID-19. Please note changes to scholarship award and submission intstructions. **

Friends of Sable Island is offering a $1,000 scholarship in 2020 to promote learning and awareness about Canada’s 43rd National Park.

Sable Island

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, 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 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 2020. Funds will be paid to the post-secondary institution on the student’s behalf. If COVID-19 prevents the award in 2020 it will be honoured in 2021.

Form of submission

  • You are a journalist covering a “Breaking News” story about Sable Island. You can base your piece on a real event in any time period. Creativity is key.
  • Areas of interest might include, but are not limited to, cultural or literary history, shipwrecks, salvage, government projects, wildlife, oil and gas activities, fresh water, tourism, meteorology, geomatics, conservation, fishery, conservation, 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 Information

  • Submissions must be sent by e-mail to by 11:59pm on Thursday April 30, 2020.
  • Submissions are to be accompanied by a completed application form, (found on the Friends of Sable Island website) and reflective statement. Supporting documentation of a current resume and a copy of your most recent report card must be scanned and e-mailed to
  • 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, photographs, or posters must be in high definition .JPG, .PNG or .PDF format. Documents must be saved in .PDF


  • 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 19, 2020.