Adventurer and Jack Wolfskin Launch Scholarship for BIPOC Polar Explorers

Adventurer and Jack Wolfskin Launch Scholarship for BIPOC Polar Explorers

Polar adventurer Eric Larsen and outdoor apparel company Jack Wolfskin have announced a new scholarship program to make polar exploration more accessible to underrepresented communities.

The BIPOC Polar Scholarship will fully sponsor six Black, Indigenous and people of color to attend Larsen’s introductory polar training course on Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods from January 20-28, 2024. Jack Wolfskin is providing funding to cover all travel, gear and tuition expenses.

The 8-day curriculum focuses on building skills for modern polar travel while completing a mini-expedition. Participants will learn from Larsen, who has completed more North and South Pole expeditions than any American, along with co-leaders Emily Ford, Erick Cedeño and Danica Carey.

“This course is about training the next generation of polar adventurers and expedition guides while removing any barriers for participation,” said 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 scholarship reinforces Jack Wolfskin’s commitment to making the outdoors inclusive. Participants will be selected by December 8 from a criteria reflecting diversity of backgrounds and experience. The deadline to apply is December 1.

“We feel lucky to partner with an experienced and thoughtful professional like Eric for the Polar Training Academy,” said Brad Potts of Jack Wolfskin. “From a product standpoint, this is another step in our development process. More importantly, however, Jack Wolfskin is committed to making the outdoors inclusive for all.”

The program is also supported through gear and equipment donations from leading outdoor brands, including Fischer Skis, Uvex, MSR and Therm-A-Rest.

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