fbpx

On Sunday February 7th, 31 young Canadians (listed below) received a phone call that they will never forget. Each one was offered a Loran Award, valued at up to $100,000 over four years for undergraduate studies in Canada. Together, they will form the Loran Scholars Foundation’s 27th class of scholars.

Loran Scholars are chosen for their character, commitment to service and leadership potential through a rigorous three-month selection process. The process is designed to seek out evidence of character – integrity, courage, compassion, grit and a high level of personal autonomy – through assessments and interviews with up to 12 different people. This year, the Loran Scholars Foundation received 4,273 applications from students across Canada. Just over half of the applicants were nominated by their schools. The foundation’s volunteers interviewed 400 semi-finalists in 21 cities, and 80 finalists advanced to national selections in Toronto. The 31 Loran Scholars represent the top 0.7% of all applicants.

This year’s Loran Scholars hail from all over the country, from Cowichan Bay, BC to Peterborough, ON to Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!, Québec. A third were born outside of Canada. They come from all walks of life, show interest in a wide range of subjects and have taken the initiative to make positive changes in their communities.

“The Loran Award is an investment in potential,” says Franca Gucciardi, CEO of the Loran Scholars Foundation and one of the first Loran Scholars. “We are proud to offer these young people every opportunity over the next four years at university to take meaningful risks, share their talents and learn about how they can best contribute to society.”

The Loran Award is Canada’s largest undergraduate award, with a total maximum value of $100,000 over four years. It includes a $10,000 annual stipend, a matching tuition waiver from one of 25 partner universities, funding for summer internships, personal mentorship, a weeklong orientation expedition in Algonquin Park as well as annual retreats and scholar gatherings.

Loran Scholars, Class of 2016

Adi Sharma - 2016 R. Howard Webster Loran Scholar - University of Waterloo

Adi Sharma
R. Howard Webster Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Waterloo
Grande Prairie Composite High School
Grande Prairie
Alberta

Aditi Sriram - 2016 Scace Loran Scholar - UBC

Aditi Sriram
Scace Loran Scholar - 2016
University of British Columbia
William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute
Toronto
Ontario

Alex Gillis - 2016 John Dobson Loran Scholar at UBC

Alex Gillis
Dobson Loran Scholar - 2016
University of British Columbia
Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart
Halifax
Nova Scotia

Allison Gacad - 2016 Scotiabank Loran Scholar at UBC

Allison Gacad
Scotiabank Loran Scholar - 2016
University of British Columbia
St. John Paul II Catholic Secondary School
Toronto
Ontario

Athavarn Srikantharajah - 2016 McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - University of Ottawa

Athavarn Srikantharajah
McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Ottawa
R.H. King Academy
Ajax
Ontario

Bilal Ayyache - 2016 Moffat Family Loran Scholar - University of Guelph

Bilal Ayyache
Moffat Family Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Guelph
Nelson McIntyre Collegiate
Winnipeg
Manitoba

Braden Lamoureux - 2016 Ralph M Barford Loran Scholar at Dalhousie University

Braden Lamoureux
Ralph M. Barford Loran Scholar - 2016
Dalhousie University
Uxbridge Secondary School
Uxbridge
Ontario

Bronwyn Vaisey - 2016 Loran Scholar at Queen's

Bronwyn Vaisey
Loran Scholar - 2016
Queen's University
Vancouver Technical Secondary School
Vancouver
British Columbia

Callista Ryan - 2016 McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - Western University

Callista Ryan
McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - 2016
Western University
Howe Sound Secondary School
Squamish
British Columbia

Catherine Côté - Boursière Loran Azrieli à l'Université de Montréal

Catherine Côté
Azrieli Loran Scholar - 2016
Université de Montréal
Cégep de Rimouski
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Québec

David-Dan Nguyen - Boursier Loran Azrieli - McGill University

David-Dan Nguyen
Azrieli Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf
Montréal
Québec

Emelie Gagnon - 2016 McCall MacBain Loran Scholar at Queen's University

Émélie Gagnon
McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - 2016
Queen's University
Polyvalente Thomas-Albert
DSL de Grand-Sault
New Brunswick

Gracie Lowes - 2016 McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - McGill University

Gracie Lowes
McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Ridley College
Fonthill
Ontario

Ilakkiyan Jeyakumar - Applebanks Loran Scholar at UBC

Ilakkiyan Jeyakumar
Applebanks Loran Scholar - 2016
University of British Columbia
R.H. King Academy
Toronto
Ontario

Jack McCrossin - Loran Scholar - University of Toronto

Jack McCrossin
Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Toronto
St. Malachy's Memorial High School
Grand Bay
New Brunswick

Marie-Helene Lyonnais - Boursière Loran Lallemand à l'Université McGill

Marie-Hélène Lyonnais
Lallemand Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Champlain - St. Lawrence
Québec
Québec

Max Moloney - McCall MacBain Loran Scholar at Queen's University

Max Moloney
McCall MacBain Loran Scholar - 2016
Queen's University
Adam Scott Collegiate and Vocational Institute
Bridgenorth
Ontario

Nitish Bhatt - Marilyn & Walter Booth Loran Scholar at the University of Waterloo

Nitish Bhatt
Marilyn & Walter Booth Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Waterloo
Gonzaga High School
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador

Noubahar Hasnain - BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar at the University of New Brunswick

Noubahar Hasnain
BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar - 2016
University of New Brunswick
Mount Pearl Senior High School
Mount Pearl
Newfoundland and Labrador

Salma Rehimini - Boursière Loran Azrieli à l'Université McGill

Salma Rehimini
Azrieli Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Champlain - St-Lambert
Saint-Constant
Québec

Sara Abdessamie - Boursière Loran à l'Université Dalhousie

Sara Abdessamie
BMO Loran Scholar - 2016
Dalhousie University
École Sainte-Anne
Fredericton
New Brunswick

Sayeh Yousefi - 2016 Loran Scholar - University of Toronto (UofT)

Sayeh Yousefi
Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Toronto
R.E. Mountain Secondary School
Langley
British Columbia

Silas Tsui - Loran Scholar at the University of Waterloo

Silas Tsui
Loran Scholar - 2016
University of Waterloo
Eric Hamber Secondary School
Richmond
British Columbia

Stephanie Li - Stollery Loran Scholar at McGill University

Stephanie Li
Stollery Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Old Scona Academic High School
Edmonton
Alberta

Taylor Lynn Curtis - BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar - McGill University

Taylor Lynn Curtis
BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Holy Trinity School
Peterborough
Ontario

Wynn Rederburg - Loran Scholar at McGill University

Wynn Rederburg
Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Frances Kelsey Secondary School
Cowichan Bay
British Columbia

Yasmina Male - Ralph M. Barford Loran Scholar at McGill University

Yasmina Male
Ralph M. Barford Loran Scholar - 2016
McGill University
Collège français
Toronto
Ontario

Yuna Im - BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar at Dalhousie University

Yuna Im
BMO Capital Markets Loran Scholar - 2016
Dalhousie University
Bernice MacNaughton 
High School
Moncton
New Brunswick

Loran Scholars Foundation
Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that works in partnership with universities, donors and volunteers throughout the country to invest in young Canadians who demonstrate character, commitment to service and leadership potential. It has supported 541 Loran Scholars over 27 years. Tenable at one of 25 partner universities, the Loran Award is valued at up to $100,000 over four years, including annual stipends and tuition waivers, mentorship, funding for summer internships, annual retreats and a weeklong orientation expedition.