The Loran Award

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What Is It?

The Loran Award is valued at about $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study. It is in partnership with 25 Canadian universities. Additionally, it is considered an investment in a young person’s potential future. 

It includes a $10,000 annual stipend, matching tuition waiver, summer internships, a trusted mentor, an extensive network, and an orientation and graduation expedition.

Due Date

The application deadlines for the year 2021 is October 15, 2020, and October 22, 2020.

Application Requirements

From past applications, it is required to inform if you are seeking sponsorship from your high school. If you do not receive sponsorship, your application is automatically placed in the direct pool. You must also request a reference from a teacher, community member, or anyone else familiar with your activities. 

From past applications, you must list and record all of your activities in your application and answer questions in a short-essay form.

Who’s Eligible?

The eligibility criteria for high school students include:

  • You must be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school,
  • Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%,
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status,
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year 

The eligibility criteria for CEGEP students also includes being in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in CEGEP. If you’re planning to attend university outside of Québec after only one year of CEGEP, you can apply in your first year of CEGEP. You must present an R score equal to or higher than 29, hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status, and be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.

Our Thoughts

There are two ways to apply for this scholarship: (1) being nominated by your school, or (2) direct pool, meaning self-nomination. The Loran is intended for recipients who show their leadership potential and, evidently, understand what leadership means and what they’ve learned through their leadership experiences. The selection process for this scholarship is considered tougher among all Canadian scholarships because it requires a large network of volunteers from across the country to help with selections. Lastly, this scholarship asks for a higher minimum cumulative average, at 85%. 

The reason why the Loran is very focused on interviews is that the judges are looking for students with authenticity. They want candidates who are genuinely interested in their involvement, and not just adding items onto their resume. About 95% of Loran recipients continue charity and community involvement after their university career, making it clear that they want to weed out the disingenuous. And the best way to do that is by stressing the importance of interviews.

Applications for the 2021 Loran Award are now open! The Loran Scholars Foundation looks for students who demonstrate strength of character, a commitment to service, and leadership potential. To learn more about the Loran Award and how you can apply for it visit https://loranscholar.ca/becoming-a-scholar/ and/or join one of their webinars.