SALTS Bursaries

SALTS Bursary Programs help young people from all walks of life experience the benefits of sail and life  training. In 2017 our generous donors invested in the lives of 112 youth who participated in 10-day summer voyages,  a four day group trip and several day sails.

Scholarships & Foundation Bursaries
  Youth with Type 1 Diabetes   First Nations


General Financial Bursary

  Through the generosity of our donors, SALTS is able to offer partial trip funding  to those who wouldn't otherwise be able to sail.  Bursary funds are awarded to applicants who demonstrate financial need and/or circumstances which put the trip fee beyond their family's reach. At SALTS we understand that many families are stretched when it comes to providing worthwhile opportunities for their kids and "financial need" may include those who might not otherwise ask for assistance.

Bursaries for young people with financial barriers are available by requesting an  application within the Trip Request registration form. Other bursaries opportunities are awarded in consultation with community partner organizations and foundations.

General Financial Bursary Application

Bursary for Youth With Type 1 Diabetes

It was pretty cool how we all came together and learned from one another and that we all have strengths and weaknesses.
Preston - salts Trainee & Diabetes Bursary recipient 2016


This very special bursary is provided by the generous family of a young woman with type 1 diabetes who first sailed with SALTS at the age of 15. After witnessing the  profound impact of the SALTS voyage on their daughter's personal growth and the confidence she gained to independently manage her life with diabetes, the family determined that they would make this life changing opportunity available to other young people with type 1 diabetes who might not otherwise consider this type of adventure.



Up to three young people with type 1 diabetes will be awarded the amazing opportunity to spend 10 days exploring Desolation Sound as trainees on Trip 1 Pacific Grace in SALTS' summer program  from June 29th to July 8th, 2018.  Recipients will be selected through a multi-part online application which will include questions regarding their experience living with  diabetes, submission of a reference letter and affirmation of their ability to self-manage their diabetes.  

For more information, please see the Diabetes Bursary page.

 Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Bursary - Information

If you know a young person with type 1 diabetes who would benefit from this life changing experience, you will soon be able to submit their name for nomination through the form below! We will send an email information package along with a note to say that you think they would be a great candidate  for this fantastic opportunity. Until then, please direct them to the Diabetes Bursary page.

Coming soon! Nominate a candidate for the Diabetes Bursary

Scholarships and Foundation Bursaries

We are deeply grateful to these generous donors who have provided annual bursaries for young people who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate in a SALTS voyage. These bursaries are awarded to suitable summer program applicants who apply for a general SALTS bursary or are selected by the foundation.

  • Jim & Linda Findlay Scholarship Foundation
  • Lucas MacGregor Memorial Bursary
  • Martyn J Clark Seafarer Scholarship
  • Parksville Rotary
  • Rhett Mutch Memorial Bursary
  • Robyn Sheppard Memorial Scholarship
  • William Wolferstan Bursary

Bursaries for Youth from First Nations Communities

SALTS is pleased to offer several bursaries for young people from First Nations communities who's traditional territories are visited by our ships each sailing season.

We believe that providing an environment where young people from various regions and cultures share and learn from each other as they live, work and explore together can play an important part in building healthy, respectful relationships, community and society. 

More information about our partnerships with First Nations communities will be available in January 2018.

Bursary Partners

SALTS partners with other charitable community organizations to provide the experience of a lifetime to young people who face challenging life situations such as family breakdown, recent immigration, juvenile cancer,   neurological, developmental and learning disabilities, chronic disease and youth considered "at risk".  These organizations have selected young people involved in their programs to participate in a SALTS voyage.

  • The Cridge Centre for the Family
  • Power to Be Adventure Therapy
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Victoria
  • Extreme Outreach
  • Victoria Native Friendship Centre Society
  • Saskatchewan Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
  • PLEA Community Services Society of BC
  • Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society
  • Threshold Housing Society
  • BC Children's Hospital

If you would like to help provide the SALTS experience to more young people through the SALTS Bursary Programs, we invite you to DONATE HERE!