the loran award scholarship

The Loran Scholarship: Canada’s Largest Undergraduate Award


Character. Service. Leadership. These are the pillars that uphold the foundation of the Loran Scholarship. 

Many Canadian scholarships reward students for their tangible successes like grades and rankings. However, the Loran Foundation recognizes that good grades and positive role models do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. Sometimes, students deserve recognition for their efforts and initiatives outside the classroom. In the heart of their communities. Basically, the Loran Scholarship believes that if they’re going to empower students through leadership and community service, they have to go BIG or go home. That’s why they’re proud to occupy the title of Canada’s Largest Undergraduate Award

So, here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll need to know about the Loran Scholarship:

General Overview

  • Scholarship Value: $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study
      • $10,000 annual spend 
      • Matching tuition waiver 
      • Summer internships 
      • Mentorship 
      • Extensive networking 
      • Orientation and graduation
  • Application Deadline: October 15, 2020 (sponsored) or October 22, 2020 (direct)

Who Can Apply?

The Loran Scholarship is for High-School Students that:

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

The Loran Scholarship is for Cegep Students that:

  • Are in their final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in Cegep. However, if you plan to attend university outside of Québec after one year, then you can apply in your first year of Cegep.
  • Are at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.
  • Present an R score equal to or higher than 29.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.

What Does the Loran Scholarship Include? 

Firstly, the Loran Foundation provides each scholar with a $10,000 annual stipend. 

What’s a Stipend?

Opportunities like volunteering or internships can serve as a major stepping stone in your future success, but they don’t exactly cover next month’s bills. So, a stipend is like a fixed amount of money (an allowance, if you will) that you can put towards living costs while pursuing unpaid work. That said, stipends can, in some cases, prevent you from earning a wage or salary employment. 

Matching Tuition Waiver 

One perk of being a Loran Scholar is that your university basically waives your tuition fees up to $10,000 per annum. Therefore, you can focus less on how you’re going to pay for school, and more on grade-earning and fun-having. 

Summer Internships 

Part of being a Loran Scholar means completing a 12-week summer internship program through public, private, and non-profit sectors. Also with organizations that foster values for which the scholarship is founded on. This includes community development and public policy. Scholars can access available internship programs in Canada or abroad. Additionally, they can receive $10,000 in funding for these programs. 


The Loran Scholarship Foundation matches each scholar with a Canadian leader for a four-year mentorship program. Moreover, mentors are meant to: 

  • Introduce scholars to new communities.
  • Provide them with opportunities and resources. 
  • Offer advice.
  • Continue to shape their worldviews through honesty, courage, empathy, and leadership lenses.

Past Mentors: 

  • Susan Holt: Vice President of Strategy and Sales for PLATO Testing, which provides world-class testing services to corporations and brings meaningful technology careers to indigenous communities across Canada. She also has experience as a New Brunswick Economic Policy Advisor.
  • Bob Rae: Bob Rae is a well respected Canadian lawyer, negotiator, public speaker, and former politician. Also, he is the author of the book, “What Happened to Politics?” 
  • Stephen Toope: Stephen Toope is a Canadian legal scholar specializing in human rights and public international law. He also has an academic background in English Literature and European History from Harvard University.

Extensive Networking 

In partnership with 25 Canadian universities, the Loran Foundation is proud to connect scholars with alumni as a community effort to inspire and motivate students through leadership. Furthermore, scholars can participate in retreats with sessions that focus on self-reflection and personal growth. In addition, they’ll learn other skills like relationship building and meaningful service. 

Orientation and Graduation

When Loran Scholars are selected, they are paired with experienced counsellors who provide advice regarding their university options. A weeklong orientation expedition is set through Algonquin Park to provide an opportunity to test Loran Scholars’ physical limits and build a sense of identity before their first term at university. 

For more information on applying, read Loran Scholarships: How To Apply.