Applications for Girls on Ice 2016 will open in December.  

In 2016, we will support two Girls on Ice expeditions!

North Cascades 2016: open to all girls (international girls can apply)

Alaska 2016:  preference given to girls from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest, California, British Columbia and the Yukon Territories

Selection Criteria:

“Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement – it is an inspiration for future academic and leadership success.”

We do not choose girls based on their individual applications, we choose the team as a whole. We are not necessarily looking for the girls with the best grades or the girls with the most awards – we look at the whole person.

These are the overall criteria for building our team:

  1. Diversity of backgrounds: diversity in terms of ethnic, cultural, economic and geographic backgrounds.
  2. Diversity of interests and life experiences: what can the girls bring to the team? We seek a balance of interest in science, art, philosophy, social issues, politics, and more.
  3. Opportunity: this is a unique experience that is free to the girls, therefore we look for girls who stand to gain the most from this experience. We particularly seek girls who have not had many opportunities to truly challenge themselves, for example, if they are from a small town that does not have much available or if, due to family circumstances, they have not had the chance to participate in many activities. We rely heavily on teacher recommendations.
The application for both expeditions is the same. You can state your preference of expeditions, but because we choose teams, not individual girls, we may decide you fit better on the other team. To be eligible, girls must be at least 16 years old by June 19, and no older than 18 on July 24.

For questions please see FAQ or send questions to

Note: Tuition is free. Girls will have to provide transportation to Seattle or Fairbanks and very minimal equipment and clothing. We will provide as much financial assistance as we can to ensure that every girl can go, regardless of economic situation, and we provide all technical equipment and clothing..

The application process is a series of short essay questions and two teacher recommendations.


***Please note that if you are accepted as a participant in one of the Girls on Ice expeditions, you will be required to have a basic physical and a medical form signed by your doctor (similar to that required by many schools for sports programs). Please feel free to contact us with questions at any time regarding this requirement.

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