Application Process

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Selection Process

The Loran Scholars program selection process is the most rigorous of any scholarship program in Canada. We rely on a network of over 300 volunteers from across the country to assist us in carrying out our selections each year.

The following is a breakdown of the selection process for Loran Awards, which differs slightly depending on whether the applicant is sponsored by their school or a Direct Pool candidate.

Sponsored Applicants

Regional committees read and evaluate all files received, selecting approximately 320 students for regional interviews.

Regional interviews are held across the country in late November and early December:

  • Newfoundland and Labrador (St. John’s) – December 6
  • Nova Scotia (Halifax) – November 29
  • PEI (Charlottetown) – December 6
  • New Brunswick (Fredericton) – December 6
  • Francophone East (Moncton) – November 29
  • Quebec City – December 6
  • Montreal – December 7
  • Ottawa – November 29
  • Kingston – November 30
  • Toronto – November 22
  • Hamilton – November 29
  • Guelph/Kitchener/Waterloo – November 29
  • London – November 29
  • Northern Ontario (Sudbury) – November 29
  • Manitoba (Winnipeg) – December 6
  • Southern Saskatchewan (Regina) – November 29
  • Northern Saskatchewan (Saskatoon) – December 6
  • Northern Alberta (Edmonton) – November 29
  • Southern Alberta (Calgary) – December 6
  • Interior BC (Kelowna) – November 30
  • Vancouver – November 29
  • Vancouver Island (Victoria) – December 6

From those interviews, approximately 50-60 finalists are invited to attend national selections in Toronto in February.

Top candidates not selected as finalists will be offered $2000 provincial awards, which are tenable at any accredited public university in Canada.

Direct Pool Applicants

All Direct Pool applications are assessed by a national committee. Telephone/online interviews and reference checks are conducted with candidates deemed to be semi-finalists, and, from those interviews, 15-25 finalists are invited to attend national selections in Toronto in early February.

Top candidates not selected as finalists will be offered $2000 provincial awards, which are tenable at any accredited public university in Canada.

Sponsored or Direct Pool?

Applicants may apply to one of two pools:

  • the sponsored pool, for applicants sponsored by their schools
  • or the direct pool, for applicants who are not sponsored by their schools.

Sponsored Applicants

Sponsored Applicants are those who are nominated by their school. Each high school in Canada is eligible and encouraged to sponsor up to three students for the award (CEGEPs may sponsor up to five students).

To apply as a sponsored applicant:

  1. Complete the online application form, including the email reference request.
  2. Seek nomination from your school through your principal or guidance counselor.
  3. Send three copies of your application to your regional committee to be received by the deadline.

Note: candidates applying to regional committees in Vancouver, Montreal, and Ottawa will not be required to submit a paper copy of their application.

Direct Pool Applicants

Direct pool applicants apply without the endorsement of their school.

To apply as a direct pool applicant:

  1. Complete the online application form, including the email reference request.
  2. Submit application online by the deadline.