Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

At STS, we continue our legacy of developing good humans, thought-leaders, and global citizens through providing our students with real-world learning experiences, and encouraging them to embrace the opportunities that our campus, and the broader world provide. STS students are inspired to inquire and be creative, be courageous and demonstrate leadership, as well as to show compassion for others.

In alignment with our strong academic and extensive co-curricular programs, STS students have the unique opportunity to extend their learning through the pursuit of an internationally recognized award.

Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award acknowledges that not all learning happens within a classroom, but happens through experience and collaboration with our community, helping young people (between the ages of 14 and 24) discover an area where they can excel and giving them the confidence they need to succeed in their future endeavors. This global award can be used on university applications and/or job resumes to help demonstrate the participant’s commitment to a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.  

“The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has encouraged me to try new things and set challenging goals for myself in a range of disciplines. My favourite part about Duke of Ed is its versatility, as it has allowed me to design a program customized to my interests. It has acted as a motivator in my pursuit to learn valuable skills that have helped make a positive change in my life and the lives of others.” — Stephanie L. '21

Award Levels

Bronze Award
14 years +
26 weeks minimum
Silver Award
15 years +
52 weeks minimum
Gold Award
16 years +
78 weeks minimum



At each award level, participants challenge themselves in four sections, Voluntary Service, Physical Recreation, Skill, and Adventurous Journey,  with the addition of the Gold Project at the Gold award level. Participants will spend approximately an hour each week on each section.

Voluntary Service
Physical Recreation
Adventurous Journey
Gold Project


How to Get Started

  • Interested participants will register online and have their parents give consent
  • For 2022/2023, the cost to register for any level of the award $125.00
  • Once registered, participants will be partnered up with one of our excellent Award Leaders at STS
  • Participants will work with their Award Leader to set SMART goals, log their weekly experiences, and complete their activities
Register Now!


I commenced the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in September 2019. I found it an incredible way to become more involved in my community, and expand my interests. 
— Alia N. '22

For more information. contact Ms. Tara Hebert, Award Coordinator at hebertt@sts.ab.ca.