Recognizing that academic performance is not the only indicator of future value to the community, a group of dedicated volunteers set out to find and support young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.
The Loran Award is not a reward for past achievements, but an investment in a young person’s potential future path of high impact. Our scholars pursue careers in a wide range of areas, readily take on greater responsibilities and share a lifelong commitment to leading with integrity.
Offered in full partnership with 25 Canadian universities, a Loran Award is valued at approximately $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study:
“The Loran Scholars Foundation came into my life when I was 17, and I don’t see it ever leaving. It’s hard to distill into words how important it has been to the development of my career path and my development as a person.”
– Sarah Michael (BMO Loran Scholar ’93), Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. Read more.
In the summer, we challenge scholars to broaden their horizons and gain meaningful work experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Loran Scholars complete three types of 12-week summer internships: enterprise, public policy and community development. They can access our networks and up to $10,000 in funding for these internships, which take place in Canada or abroad.
In 2016, our scholars worked in 24 countries, 9 Canadian provinces and the Yukon. Twenty-four scholars found their internships through a staff member, a past or present Loran Scholar or their mentor. Twelve of the internships were made available through the foundation’s organizational partnerships.
“From reviewing municipal legislation in New Zealand to working with a Cambodian NGO to working on engineering projects in Kitimat and Prince Rupert, my summer internships defined my four years of university and helped me explore how I want to contribute to the world.”
– Julie Van de Valk (Loran Scholar ’12). Read more.
We match each Loran Scholar with a trusted Canadian leader for a four-year mentoring relationship.
- Introduce scholars to their new community
- Provide them with advice and resources
- Continually challenge them to act with courage, empathy and honesty
“[My mentor] Bill helps to keep me grounded. Sometimes he asks, ‘Why not?’ Why not volunteer my time? Why not put my name up for election? Bill helps me to see the bigger picture and encourages me to take an extra risk when it makes sense.”
– Sammy Lau (Young Fund Loran Scholar ’10) about his mentor Bill Morneau, now Finance Minister of Canada. Read more.
While our volunteer mentors come from diverse professional backgrounds, they share a commitment to leading with integrity. Past and present mentors include New Brunswick economic policy advisor Susan Holt, Power Corporation of Canada Executive Vice-President Claude Généreux, former Ontario Premier the Hon. Bob Rae, international law scholar and university leader Stephen Toope and Vancouver-based corporate director Don Shumka. See our current mentors.
“Hilary has challenged, encouraged and inspired me. I admire and appreciate her tenacity and kindness, and I’m so thankful that we were placed together. I know our relationship will continue to grow.”
– Christina Klassen (Belzberg Loran Scholar ’11) on her mentor Hilary Pearson, President of the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada. Read more.
With 117 scholars studying at 19 different universities throughout Canada, we believe strongly in the value of building a national community of scholars who inspire and motivate each other. We also connect them to our network of supporters and alumni.
In August, our scholars come together for the annual scholars’ retreat – four days of peer-to-peer learning, role modeling and reflection. Scholars participate in sessions on thoughtful leadership and meaningful service.
“The retreat really gives us a chance to learn more about how we can grow in our personal lives and in serving others. Having that time together so we can really form those bonds throughout our university years and beyond is absolutely crucial.”
– Evan Vassallo (Redknee Loran Scholar ’12)
First- and fourth-year Loran Scholars join us for a full-day scholars’ forum, at national selections weekend in February. They participate in workshops and learning sessions, while assisting with finalist interviews.
Throughout the academic year, partner universities host receptions and events for Loran Scholars, their mentors and friends of the Loran Scholars Foundation.
“McGill is proud to have welcomed more than 100 scholars since 1988, and we look forward to many more years of partnership.”
– Professor Suzanne Fortier, President and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University.
Graduating scholars join a network of 450 alumni and several hundred of our supporters who collaborate and support each other in leading and serving with integrity. Across Canada and the world, our alumni remain connected to one another through gatherings organized by regional coordinators and Connexion weekend.
“Loran Scholars impact the world in numerous ways, and it is an invaluable asset to be part of a network of creative and committed people so keen to make a difference.”
– François Tanguay-Renaud (BMO Loran Scholar ’98), Law Professor & Director, Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security. Read more.
Orientation & Graduation
After we select Loran Scholars, we pair them with experienced counsellors who provide advice on university options.
The incoming scholars come together for a weeklong orientation expedition through Algonquin Park.
This expedition provides them with an opportunity to test their physical limits, work productively in teams and build a shared sense of identity before they disperse across Canada to begin their first term at university.
“You sleep outside for a week and it’s interesting to see how people act when they have nothing to hide behind. We get to know each other so fast and so well.”
– Georgie Giannopoulos (Loran Scholar ’13)
After the orientation expedition, incoming scholars access EQ coaching to develop their self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
On the precipice of graduation from university, the pressure to follow conventional career paths can be strong.
We encourage fourth-year Loran Scholars to reflect on their post-graduation options and the choices they will need to make. Graduating scholars come together for a day in August to learn from a diverse group of Loran alumni. In February, they complete a McQuaig assessment to learn more about themselves and speak with career coaches.
As a final step, graduating scholars are invited to express gratitude to their former teachers, by nominating them for the Loran Teachers Building Leaders Award.
After graduating, they join a thriving community of more than 450 alumni in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Find out more about our alumni.