Great Lakes Scholarship 2021 - now open for applications!

The Great Lakes Scholarship provides an opportunity for high school students enrolled in an applicable school district to join the historic Tall Ship TS Playfair as a member of the crew during the 2021 Summer. The scholarship encourages students to consider the relationship of their communities with the Great Lakes through written questions on local history, the marine environment, first nations and ecology. Successful applicants will be awarded a place on a voyage departing from their school district's Home Port (see below). All course, training and administrative fees are waived.


For 2021, candidates from the following applicable school districts will be considered. Applicants can be from any school covered by the district, not only the Home Port.

As well as being enrolled in one of the above school boards, candidates must meet our core program requirements:

  • Be 13 to 18 years of age as of 1st June 2021
  • Be comfortable in and around the water
  • Be physically and mentally fit for adventure

To Apply

Download the application guidance and information form below.

Great Lakes Scholarship Guidance 2021

Great Lakes Scholarship Application Form 2021

Applications must be sent to [email protected] by November 31st 2020.

What Do I Do Next?

Applicants will be informed of their results via email by December 31st 2020. Please ensure your email address is correct and checked regularly.

Inform us via email to [email protected] of any changes to email address, other details, or to withdraw an application. 

Notes on the Award

The applicable school districts, Home Ports and resulting awards are determined each year by the TS Playfair's sailing schedule. 2021 schedule, dates and details are available here

One place is awarded for each school district, for a total of 6 scholarships.

The average scholarship award value is $1180.