Lunenburg, Nova Scotia – West Island College International Class Afloat has established the Class Afloat ‘Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship’ to assist a student – endorsed by their CYA member club or sailing school – to participate in an extraordinary educational experience – attending high school while ocean sailing aboard a majestic square-rigged tall ship. This will be the first year that this scholarship has been awarded.

Class Afloat offers young people a unique journey of education and personal discovery. For eight months, students live, study and sail aboard The Sørlandet, a fully restored 210-foot, 1927 Class ‘A’ square-rigged tall ship. “The scholarship recognizes the personal development values shared by Class Afloat and CYA member sailing schools and yacht clubs across Canada by helping a young Canadian sailor experience one of the world's ultimate education and sailing experiences”.

The voyage will take students to over 20 ports. Students will participate in volunteer service projects in Senegal and the Dominican Republic. Through the course of the voyage, the young sailors become part of a close knit international community of like-minded peers, sharing experiences, developing leadership skills and making friendships that will last for lifetime.

The students are guided and supported on their journey by a team of professionals –experienced and passionate teachers, and a crew of fully qualified mariners.

Over 1500 students have taken part in Class Afloat’s “blue water high school” since it was founded over twenty-five years ago. The school is based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada and is fully accredited by the province’s Ministry of Education to grant high school credits and matriculate high school graduates. Class Afloat university students are enrolled with Acadia University.

The Class Afloat Young Canadian Sailor Scholarship will be awarded to the young Canadian sailor who best demonstrates the values of excellence, integrity, community, teamwork, accountability, respect, commitment and achievement in his or her academic and sailing life. The application deadline is July 15, 2012.