Loran Awards

Every year, the Loran Scholars Foundation invests in exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. We look for qualities that a transcript alone cannot show: personal integrity and character; commitment to service and an entrepreneurial spirit; breadth in academic and extra-curricular interests; strongly developed inner-directedness; and outstanding overall potential for leadership. Through the country’s most rigorous and personalized selection process, which includes interviews at the regional and national level, we select the top 30 of approximately 4,000 applicants as Loran Scholars.

Each Loran Scholar receives an award valued at up to $100,000 for their undergraduate studies. For four years, they receive the mentorship, financial independence and opportunities to seek out how they can most effectively contribute to society. Graduating scholars join a network of nearly 400 alumni who support each other as they take on leadership responsibilities beyond their years in business, public policy, medicine, law, academia, the arts and many other disciplines.

“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 (Loran Scholar ’93)

Loran Award (30 per year, up to $100,000 each)

  • $10,000 living stipend for four years of undergraduate study
  • Matching tuition waiver at one of 25 partner universities
  • Participation in an Outward Bound orientation expedition, an annual summer retreat and other scholar gatherings
  • Personal mentorship from Canada’s leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors
  • Up to $8,500 in funding for summer internships in the area of public policy, enterprise and personal/community development
  • An extensive network of peers and mentors who live the values of character, service and leadership

We also grant finalist awards, provincial awards, honour citations and semi-finalist certificates to promising candidates not selected as Loran Scholars.

Finalist Award (40 per year, $3,000 each)

  • $3,000 one-time entrance award
  • Offered to all finalists who attend national selections but are not selected as Loran Scholars
  • Tenable at any accredited public university in Canada
  • Certificates are sent directly to students in June

Provincial Award (40 per year, $2,000 each)

  • $2,000 one-time entrance award
  • Offered by our regional committees to an outstanding semi-finalist who is not asked to attend national selections
  • Tenable at any accredited public university in Canada
  • Certificates are sent directly to students in June

Honour Citation (certificate)

  • Issued to students who distinguish themselves at regional interviews but are not offered any of the above awards
  • Certificates are sent directly to students in June

Semi-Finalist Certificate

  • Issued to students selected for a regional interview
  • Certificates are sent directly to students in June