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Becoming a Scholar

Hui Wen Zheng, Loran Scholar 2017

The selection of a Loran Scholar is unique in its attention to a young person’s character. We believe that integrity, courage, grit and personal autonomy are better indicators of overall potential than standard academic measures. To discover these traits, we administer the most comprehensive and thorough scholarship selection process in Canada.

Tenable at 25 partner universities, the Loran Award is valued at $100,000 over four years, including mentorship, funding for summer internships and participation in an extensive network of past and present scholars. This year, we are offering up to 34 Loran Awards. In addition, we are granting up to 104 finalist and provincial awards ($5,000 or $2,000 each, respectively) to promising candidates.

In 2017/18, we interviewed 500 candidates in 23 regions across the country and via videoconference, and invited 88 finalists to Toronto for national selections weekend in February 2018. Students describe the process as an opportunity to reflect on their motivations and to imagine the lives they want to live. Whether or not they are selected for an award, many students come away from interviews with new connections, friendships and ideas.

 

Our 2018-2019 Application Period is Now Closed

Grade 12 and Cegep students planning to enter university in 2019 are eligible to apply for the Loran Award. Please note the full eligibility criteria below.

Shortlisted sponsored candidates are typically notified in mid to late November and participate in regional interviews from mid-November to mid-December. Shortlisted direct pool candidates are notified in December.

Important Dates

Please note that our 2018-2019 application period is now closed.

October 17, 2018 at 8:00PM (Eastern Time)
Deadline for all sponsored applications to be submitted.

October 24, 2018 at 8:00PM (Eastern Time)
Deadline for all direct pool applications to be submitted.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for High School Students
  • 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.

If you are currently undertaking a gap year, please contact us at [email protected]. We will advise as to whether or not you are eligible to apply through the direct pool.

Eligibility Criteria for Cegep Students
  • Be in your final year of uninterrupted full-time studies in Cegep. If you are planning to attend university outside of Québec after only one year of Cegep, you can apply in your first year of Cegep.
  • Present an R score equal to or higher than 29.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be at least 16 years of age by September 1st of the following year.

If you are currently undertaking a gap year, please contact us at [email protected]. We will advise as to whether or not you are eligible to apply through the direct pool.

Our Awards

Renewable for up to four years, with a total value of $100,000, each Loran Award includes:

  • An annual stipend of $10,000
  • A matching tuition waiver from one of 25 partner universities
  • Personal mentorship from a Canadian leader
  • Access to our network and up to $10,000 in funding for summer internships in three different sectors
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings

We also grant approximately 104 finalist and provincial awards to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars. Read more about our different awards.

How To Apply

Our 2018-2019 Application Period is Now Closed.

Shortlisted sponsored candidates are notified 2-3 weeks before their regional interview date. Shortlisted direct pool candidates are notified in December.

Our application process usually takes place annually in September/October. There are two ways to apply for the Loran Award, with different deadlines.

Sponsored Applications

A sponsored application is one that is nominated by the school. Please note that our 2018-2019 application period is now closed.

Each Canadian high school may sponsor applications for up to three students, while each Cegep may sponsor up to eight students. Please contact your guidance counsellor, teacher or school administrator to learn about the sponsorship selection process at your school. If you are currently attending a Cegep, you can consult our list of Cegep representatives for the right person to contact at your school. Your school contact will need to complete a short online sponsorship form before the deadline, and they will receive the link to complete this form once your application and your reference letter are finalized.

Our 23 regional committees review the sponsored applications in their area and invite shortlisted candidates (semi-finalists) to attend interviews in their region or province. These interviews are an opportunity for semi-finalists to connect with one another, meet the local leaders who serve as our regional interviewers and gain valuable interview experience.

After regional interviews, our committees invite 60-70 outstanding semi-finalists to attend national selections in Toronto in February. Our committees also grant provincial awards ($2,000 each) and honour citations to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the regional level.

Direct Pool Applications

A direct pool application is one that is submitted without school sponsorship. There is no limit to the number of direct pool applicants from a single school. Please note that our 2018-2019 application period is now closed.

Our national committee reviews direct pool applications and conducts videoconference interviews with shortlisted candidates (semi-finalists). From these interviews, the committee invites 15-25 semi-finalists to attend national selections in Toronto. They also grant provincial awards to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves during direct pool interviews.

We encourage students to seek sponsorship, where possible, for the chance to participate in regional interviews. However, we continue to discover and select Loran Scholars through both application pools.

 

The deliberations of our selection committees, for both sponsored and direct pool applicants, are confidential. All decisions are final and not eligible for appeal.