Summer may still be six months away, but World Ocean School is already planning their 2011 Summer Ambassador Program. The program is an opportunity for a diverse group of students from around the world ages 12 to 16 to set sail for 16 days from Boston and throughout coastal Maine—expanding their perspective of the world, immersing themselves in and contributing to different cultures, and practicing community building aboard the historic landmark schooner Roseway.

During their expedition at sea, students learn and practice seamanship and navigation as they operate and maintain the 137-foot schooner that is their home, as well as carry out lessons in history, environmental responsibility, teambuilding, and community service.

World Ocean School, located in Camden, has announced that scholarship applications for the 2011 Summer Ambassador Program aboard Roseway, are due Jan. 1. Generally the school provides a handful of scholarships, some full and others partial, for students from all over the world, making its programming available to students who might not otherwise be able to afford the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This past summer, five students received full scholarships and another two received partial scholarships to attend the program that was sailing throughout the Great Lakes. Jaleesah, one of this summer’s students wrote: “I want to thank you for letting me be here today on the Roseway. I’m having more fun than I have ever had in my life. On board the Roseway I’ve met new friends and done things I thought I would never do. Being on the Roseway gives me and the students a feeling of community and respect. This is such a wonderful experience.”

World Ocean School – on board the National Landmark historic schooner Roseway – creates and provides a method of experiential education at sea that cultivates teamwork, community service, environmental responsibility, and cross-cultural friendships so that teenage students worldwide gain insight into becoming empowered, motivated, and engaged citizens. Roseway operates in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands during the winter and spring and in Boston during the summer.

Scholarship information and applications can be downloaded at www.worldoceanschool.org or received by calling 236-7482.