Eric Larsen’s Polar Academy is championing diversity in polar exploration through its new scholarship program. Aimed at BIPOC individuals, this initiative seeks to break down the barriers traditionally faced in the outdoor adventure community. The scholarship, funded primarily by outdoor apparel, equipment and footwear company Jack Wolfskin, offers a fully-funded week-long polar training course, including travel, meals, and equipment, for six selected participants.
Eric Larsen, the renowned polar explorer, will lead the nine day (1/20/24 — 1/28/24) level 1 polar training course on Lake of the Woods in northern Minnesota. Eric has completed more expeditions to both the North and South Poles than any other American, and in 2010, he uniquely accomplished the feat of reaching the South Pole, North Pole, and the summit of Mount Everest within a single, continuous year, a first in history.
“This course is about training the next generation of polar adventurers and expedition guides while removing any barriers for participation,” commented Eric Larsen. “Equally important, the scholarship highlights the incredible story of Matthew Henson, an African American explorer who was an integral team member in Robert Peary’s North Pole expeditions in the early 1900’s.”
The deadline to apply is nearing — December 1st, 2023. Winners will be selected on December 8th, 2023. To learn more and apply please visit http://www.ericlarsenexplore.com/scholarship/.
The Polar Academy is also made possible through support by Fischer Skis. Uvex, OneWay, Baffin, Therm-a-Rest, MSR, Stanley, Sierra Designs, Ignik and Seirus Innovation are providing gear and equipment for the group as well.