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 more than $100,000 over four years, including mentorship, funding for summer work experiences 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 124 Finalist and Provincial & Territorial Awards ($6,000 or $2,000 each, respectively) to promising candidates.

In 2022/23, we conducted 1,604 interviews with students from across the country and invited 90 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.

Applications for the 2024 Loran Award are now closed.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a video supplemental in late October.

Candidates selected as semi-finalists will be notified in November 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
Information for Schools about the Loran Award Applications

Important Dates

October 11, 2023, before 8:00PM (Eastern Time)

Mid-November to Mid-December, 2023

February 22-25, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for High School Students


  • Be entering university for the first time in September 2024.
  • Present a minimum cumulative average of 85%.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be born between January 1, 2002 and September 1, 2008.
Eligibility Criteria for CEGEP Students


  • Be in your last year of CEGEP before entering university studies.
  • Present an R score equal to or higher than 29.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Be born between January 1, 2002 and September 1, 2008.

Our Awards

Renewable for up to four years, with a total value of more than $100,000, each Loran Award includes:

  • An annual stipend of $11,000
  • A tuition waiver of up to $11,000 annually from one of 25 partner universities
  • Personal mentorship from a Canadian leader
  • Experiential learning through summer work experiences in three different sectors with funding up to $14,000
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings
  • Lifelong membership in a community of values-driven individuals

We also grant up to 124 Finalist and Provincial/Territorial Awards to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars. Read more about our different awards.

How To Apply

Applications for the 2024 Loran Award are now closed.

Our application process takes place annually in September/October. Shortlisted candidates are notified at least one week before their semi-final interview date.

There is no limit to the number of applicants from a single school.

Our committees review all applications and invite shortlisted candidates to submit supplemental videos. From these ~500 shortlisted candidates, approximately 250 semi-finalists will be invited to 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 our 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.

The Loran Scholars Foundation is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates. If you require accommodation in the application process, please reach out to

Please note: the deliberations of our selection committees are confidential. All decisions are final and not eligible for appeal.