Becoming a Scholar

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.

Every year, we select up to 32 Loran Scholars from approximately 4,000 high school and CEGEP applicants. We interview candidates regionally in 21 cities across the country and invite the top 84 to Toronto for national selections weekend in February. Each Loran Scholar is assessed by up to 12 different individuals over the course of three months.

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.

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. We also grant up to 94 finalist and provincial awards per year.

Interested in applying?

Important Dates

Early September
The online application will be available.

October 19
Deadline for all sponsored applications to be submitted, including the reference form and school sponsorship confirmation.

October 26
Deadline for all direct pool applications, including the reference form.

 

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 for academic pursuits or community service-based activities, after uninterrupted full-time studies, you may still be eligible and should apply to 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 for academic pursuits or community service-based activities, after uninterrupted full-time studies, you may still be eligible and should apply to 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 funding for summer internships in three different sectors
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings

We also grant approximately 90 finalist and provincial awards to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars. Read more about our different awards.

How To Apply

The application is entirely online and will be made available in the first week of September for students planning to enter university in 2017.

There are two ways to apply for the Loran Award, with different deadlines.

Sponsored Applications - Due October 19

A sponsored application is one that is nominated by the school. It must be submitted by October 19.

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. Your school contact will need to complete a short online sponsorship form before October 19th, and they will receive the link to complete this form once your application and your reference letter are finalized.

Our 21 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 60-75 outstanding semi-finalists to attend national selections in Toronto in February. Our committees also grant provincial awards and honour citations to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the regional level.

Direct Pool Applications - Due October 26

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, and the deadline for direct pool applications is October 26.

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.

Application and selection timeline for Loran Awards

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

If you're entering university in 2017, our application period opens in September.

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