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.
1. The scholarship is available to all grade 12 students in the Nova Scotia school system to be applied to a post-secondary educational opportunity in 2015.
2. Method of submission is the student’s choice – some examples are a 5 minute video, an original art work, poster, a 500 word essay or a poem. The submission should focus on one topic using our website for inspiration (i.e. cultural history, wildlife, oil and gas activities, fresh water, tourism) Please note in our efforts to expand students’ awareness and knowledge of Sable Island, the topic of the Sable Island horses is ineligible for the scholarship submission.
3. The winning submission will be featured on our website.
4. All submissions remain the intellectual property of the students.