In February, we selected the 24th class of Loran Scholars. They are a diverse group, hailing from places like North Battleford, SK to Thunder Bay, ON to Rivière-du-Loup, QC to St. George’s, NL. Read the short biographies of the class of 2013 Loran Scholars.
The largest and most unconventional undergraduate merit scholarship in the country, the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation offers up to 30 Loran Awards to graduating high school or CEGEP students each year on the basis of character, service and leadership potential. Renewable for up to four years of undergraduate study at one of our 25 partner universities, it comprises an $9,000 annual stipend and a matching tuition waiver, a summer program with funding up to $8,500, a week-long orientation expedition in Algonquin Park in Ontario, one-on-one mentorship and participation in the community of Loran Scholars, in total worth up to $80,000.
The Loran Scholar selection process is the most rigorous in the country, and involves multiple rounds of personal interviews at the regional and national level by volunteers from business, education and other fields. From an initial nationwide pool of 3,700 applicants, our regional and direct pool selection committees selected 76 finalists. Each of these finalists travelled to Toronto in February for national interviews. Finalists who are not selected as one of the 30 Loran Scholars receive a Loran finalist award — a $3,000 scholarship tenable at any public Canadian university.