Frequently Asked Questions
How is the minimum average calculated?
The 85% minimum average calculation for high school students includes the most recent three years of final grades on the student’s transcript. Cegep students must have a minimum R score of 29.
If the official transcript in your province only shows the last two years of final grades, that transcript will be sufficient to apply.
I am currently a student at a university or college. Can I still apply for your award?
No. Current post-secondary students (with the exception of students attending Cegep) are not eligible for our awards.
I am a student applying from outside of Canada. Can I apply?
Yes, but only if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. You should apply to the direct pool.
I am hesitant to move away from home for university. Should I still apply?
The Loran Scholar experience emphasizes leadership development and personal growth through new experiences that test boundaries and expand each scholar’s world view within a supportive community of scholars, alumni, volunteers and partner organizations across Canada and around the world. The Loran Award is much more than simply financial support to access an undergraduate education – it involves participation in an intensive, four-year undergraduate experience, and life-long participation in a community of shared values centred on service for others.
Loran Scholars move away from their family home to attend one of our 25 partner universities in a new community in Canada. Over the course of their undergraduate studies, scholars live in university residence for a minimum of one year, participate in a mentorship program, attend annual retreats and Loran community events, take on three different summer experiences across the public, private and non-profit sectors, and engage in a fourth year transition program. By the time of graduation, Loran Scholars have had the experience of engaging in a new university community, have spent time living in one or several new provinces, and have travelled internationally for work and/or study. These experiences are an integral part of the Loran Award and allow scholars to develop their independence, flexibility, and resilience while gaining an appreciation for the diversity of perspectives in our national and global community. We believe that the development of these traits is essential for leaders of the future.
Each scholar develops their experience in the program in consultation with coaches, mentors and Loran staff. The Loran Scholars Foundation acknowledges that candidates may have unique personal circumstances that impact participation in certain aspects of the program (for example, attending a university in a new community outside of their home region). We encourage all candidates interested in the Loran Award to submit an application, with the understanding that they will have the opportunity to discuss their circumstances and the parameters of the Loran Award with foundation staff should they advance to National Selections.
I am interested in attending a university that is not on your list of participating universities. Am I still eligible for your awards?
I am interested in attending a private university. Am I eligible for this award?
How to Apply
When are applications available? Where can I get them?
The application process is entirely online. If you would like to submit a sponsored application, please contact your guidance counsellor to inquire about the sponsorship process at your school. Students at Cegeps can also consult the list of Cegep representatives.
What are the deadlines?
For those entering university in 2020, the deadline for submission of sponsored applications is October 17, 2019 (8:00PM Eastern Time) and the deadline for direct pool applications is October 24, 2019 (8:00PM Eastern Time).
What counts as an official transcript?
We accept transcripts that are produced by either the school or the Ministry of Education. For Cegep students, we require school academic records that show the R score as well as grades. Generally, Cegep students can view and print these records from Omnivox.
Who can write my reference letter and how do I submit it?
You must request a reference letter from a teacher, a member of the community or someone else who is familiar with your activities. The reference writer may not be a family member or a friend.
After your application is finalized, your reference writer will receive a reference request email from email@example.com. This email will contain a link to the online sponsorship form, where your reference writer will be able to see your application and access the online reference form (250 words maximum).
For sponsored applicants, the online reference form must be completed before sponsorship confirmation, and both forms must be completed before the October 17, 2019 deadline. For direct pool applicants, the online reference form must be completed before October 24, 2019.
What is the difference between a sponsored and direct pool application?
A sponsored application is one that is nominated by the school. Each high school can sponsor up to three students, and each Cegep may sponsor up to eight. Sponsored applicants have the opportunity to attend regional interviews, if they are shortlisted as semi-finalists.
Direct pool applications do not include school sponsorship and can be submitted one week later (October 24, 2019). Direct pool applicants, if they are shortlisted as semi-finalists, will be interviewed via videoconference instead of attending regional interviews.
How do I request sponsorship from my school?
Please contact your guidance counsellor, teacher or school administrator to express interest and 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. You will then need to select Sponsored by my school in the online application, and subsequently enter the name and email address of a school contact in the Educational Background section.
When both the application and reference letter have been completed, the school contact will be asked to review your application and fill out a short online form confirming whether or not your application is sponsored. Applications that are not sponsored will be evaluated in the direct pool.
Who is my Cegep representative?
Please refer to our list of Cegep representatives to locate the correct contact person at your institution.
What should I do if my school will not sponsor anyone?
See your guidance counsellor and stress the importance of school sponsorship. Remind them that, historically, more provincial awards are granted to sponsored applicants than direct pool applicants. If your school still declines to sponsor any students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not sponsored, then you may still apply as a direct pool applicant.
I missed the deadline for the application. Do you consider late applications?
We do not accept any late applications. Students who miss the sponsored application deadline of October 17, 2019 (8:00PM Eastern Time) can still apply through the direct pool (deadline October 24, 2019 at 8:00PM Eastern Time).
If my reference writer or school sponsor is away, can I get an extension?
No. Both the reference and school sponsorship forms must be completed before the application deadline.
If your reference writer or school sponsor is unable to complete their task before the deadline, you may ask another qualified individual to do so. For example, a vice-principal may agree to complete the sponsorship form if your principal or guidance counsellor is unexpectedly away.
If the school sponsorship form is not completed before the application deadline of October 17, 2019, you may submit a direct pool application without sponsorship, provided that both your application and reference are completed before October 24, 2019.
When will I be notified about the status of my application?
Once your application is fully submitted, you will receive a confirmation email.
Afterwards, only applicants selected as semi-finalists are notified of the status of their application.
In mid to late November we notify shortlisted sponsored applicants (semi-finalists) via email, with their school contact carbon-copied, to invite them to regional interviews. After these interviews, successful sponsored applicants will be invited to national selections.
We contact shortlisted direct pool applicants (semi-finalists) directly to arrange an initial video interview. After these interviews, successful direct pool applicants will be invited to national selections by early January.
How do I support a student's application?
Please check out our Information for Schools page for detailed instructions.