Scholarships and Fundraising
Students on Ice is dedicated to making its programs accessible to all high school and university students, regardless of their socio-economic or cultural background. Thanks to the SOI Foundation’s great base of partners, sponsors and supporters, the Foundation has been able to offer scholarships to over 80% of participants on its recent Arctic Expeditions.
Students on Ice offers many different scholarships to participate on our expeditions. The majority of these scholarships support high school students travelling on our Arctic expeditions, though there are several scholarships for high school students wishing to participate on our Antarctic expeditions as well. There are a limited number of scholarships available for post-secondary and gap year students. All of our scholarships are offered by our partner organizations; these partners fund scholarships with specific criteria, and some also have supplementary questions that applicants need to answer. Please read the section below to understand how to apply for our scholarships and note the application deadline for this year.
Scholarship applicants must demonstrate that they want to participate for the right reasons. This is not a vacation experience. It is a learning journey that requires time, energy, passion and interest, before, during and after the expedition. The group of selected scholarship recipients must achieve a gender balance and must represent the diversity of Canada – geographic, ethnic, socio-economic, new Canadians (first generation Canadians and Canadians born outside of Canada), First Nations and multi-generational Canadians. There are a limited number of scholarships available for international students.
Thanks to our many generous sponsors and partners, scholarships are available for students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in an experience like this. All scholarships cover the expedition fees for students to participate. Some, but not all, scholarships cover travel costs from your home community to the gateway city.
How to Apply for a Scholarship
Students can apply for a scholarship at any time up until the deadline. All you need to do is fill out and submit our online Student Application Form and follow the specific instructions below. Please note that the application deadline for each expedition will be noted at the top of the Application Form itself.
Several scholarships are provided for the Students on Ice Arctic Expedition, and these are made possible through the generous support of our partners. Students can apply for a scholarship through our online application form. In the “Paying the Expedition Fee: Self-financing, Fundraising, & Scholarships” section of the form, be sure to check off that you will apply for a scholarship. This will allow us to assess your application for scholarships that you are eligible for, with the selection criteria given by our partners. If scholarships come available that you are eligible for and that require additional information after you have submitted your application, you will receive an email giving you the opportunity to be considered by providing the additional information.
The scholarship selection committee will be considering the following criteria when evaluating applications: Motivation to participate; desire to learn; leadership potential; community involvement; “Heart”, as determined by passion and empathy; and vision and commitment towards creating change.
If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please complete the online application form!
Unfortunately, due to the volume of applications we receive, we cannot confirm receipt of your specific submission, though you will see a confirmation notice once your form has been submitted successfully on our website.
All applicants can expect to be notified of their participation status in the spring for the upcoming summer expedition. All applicants will be contacted via the email address used in the application form.
If you would like to participate in an expedition by fundraising, you can choose this option in the application form. In the “Paying the Expedition Fee: Self-financing, Fundraising, & Scholarships” section of the form, be sure to check off that you will fundraise your participation. Your application will then be reviewed accordingly.
We provide a toolkit to help our participants raise funds in their local communities to cover some or all of the participation fees. This toolkit contains sample letters, and tips to fundraise your way on board! You can download the toolkit here. We can also connect you with alumni who have been successful in fundraising for their expedition.