Who We Are
The Loran Scholars Foundation identifies and supports exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. Since 1990, we have invested in 572 Loran Scholars and granted entrance awards to approximately 2,100 additional students.
Each year, we select the top 30 of approximately 4,000 applicants as Loran Scholars. Our scholars deeply value integrity and honesty. They are curious by nature and are interested in a wide range of subjects. Furthermore, they are willing to take meaningful risks and prioritize results over appearances. Each Loran Scholar has shown a sustained commitment to service in the community, has taken the initiative to create positive changes and is interested in working for a better world.
Each Loran Scholar receives a renewable undergraduate award valued at up to $100,000 over four years. The Loran Award includes an annual stipend, a matching tuition waiver from our 25 partner universities, mentorship, a summer program, an orientation expedition and access to an extended network of scholars, alumni and supporters.
Loran, short for Long-Range Aid to Navigation, is a system that uses three points (for us, our values of character, service and leadership) to determine one’s course for a long journey. The name emphasizes the lifelong impact and values of being a Loran Scholar.
Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation was the first national organization in Canada to grant scholarships based on a mix of academic achievement, extracurricular activity and leadership potential.
Our founders responded to what they recognized as a gap in the Canadian system of merit-based financial assistance to university students. Such assistance tended to be directed to two groups － those with exceptionally high academic averages, via university scholarship programs, and those with exceptional abilities as athletes, via national teams programs. Only a small proportion of overall financial aid was directed at those who show promise of the leadership and other talents that will make their communities better places both during and after their university careers.
In the words of our founder Dr. Robert Cluett, at the heart of our work is the belief that “breadth, openness to challenge, and willingness to take risk are many times more important than any quantitative measure of promise.” It is a belief that we still hold quite strongly today.
In 2007, we adopted “Loran” as the name for our merit awards. The name was chosen because Loran is used for long-range navigation and we emphasize long-term relationships with our scholars as well as long-term impact in communities across Canada. As a navigation system, Loran requires three points. These three points correspond with our three core values － character, service and leadership － which we hope our scholars will continue to use to chart their own courses.
In 2014, we changed our name from the Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation to the Loran Scholars Foundation to reinforce our focus on identifying and developing leaders of character.
We are an independent charitable organization governed by a Board of Directors. Our charitable registration number is 855-132643-RR0001.