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Becoming a Scholar

Hui Wen Zheng, Loran Scholar 2017

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. 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. This year, we are offering up to 36 Loran Awards. In addition, we are granting up to 95 finalist and provincial & territorial awards ($5,000 or $2,000 each, respectively) to promising candidates.

In 2019/20, we interviewed 544 candidates across the country in person and via videoconference, and invited 88 finalists to participate in national interviews. 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.

Candidates selected as semi-finalists will be notified in November and December and invited to participate in online interviews.

Loran Award Eligibility Criteria
Loran Award Application FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions
Our Awards
Information for Schools about the Loran Award Applications
How to Apply for the Loran Award
How to Apply for the Loran Award

Important Dates

October 15, 2020 before 8:00PM (Eastern Time)
Deadline for all sponsored applications to be submitted.

October 22, 2020 before 8:00PM (Eastern Time)
Deadline for all direct pool applications to be submitted.

 

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.

Students who graduated in 2020 and are currently taking a gap year are eligible to apply through 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.

Students who graduated in 2020 and are currently taking a gap year are eligible to apply through 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 up to $10,000 in funding for summer work experiences in three different sectors
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings

We also grant approximately 95 finalist and provincial awards to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars. Read more about our different awards.

How To Apply

Applications for the 2021 Loran Award are now open! Apply now.

Our application process takes place annually in September/October. Shortlisted candidates are notified at least two weeks before their semi-final interview date. There are two ways to apply for the Loran Award, with different deadlines.

Sponsored Applications

Deadline: October 15, 2020 (before 8:00PM Eastern Time)

A sponsored application is one that is nominated by the school.

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. If you are currently attending a Cegep, you can consult our list of Cegep representatives for the right person to contact at your school. Your school contact will need to complete a short online sponsorship form before the deadline, and they will receive the link to complete this form once your application and your reference letter are finalized.

Our committees review the sponsored applications in their respective areas and invite shortlisted candidates (semi-finalists) to attend online interviews. These interviews are an opportunity for semi-finalists to connect with one another, meet the local leaders who serve as our interviewers, and gain valuable interview experience.

After semi-final interviews, our committees invite outstanding semi-finalists to participate in national interviews. Our committees also grant provincial & territorial awards ($2,000 each) and honour citations to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the semi-final level.

Direct Pool Applications

Deadline: October 22, 2020 (before 8:00PM Eastern Time)

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.

Our committees review the direct pool applications in their respective areas and invite shortlisted candidates (semi-finalists) to attend online interviews. These interviews are an opportunity for semi-finalists to connect with one another, meet the leaders who serve as our interviewers, and gain valuable interview experience.

After semi-final interviews, our committees invite outstanding semi-finalists to participate in national interviews. Our committees also grant provincial & territorial awards ($2,000 each) and honour citations to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the semi-final level.

We encourage students to seek sponsorship, where possible. However, we continue to discover and select Loran Scholars through both application pools.

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