The Loran Award is not a reward for past achievements, but an investment in a young person’s potential future path of high impact. Our scholars pursue careers in a wide range of areas, readily take on greater responsibilities and share a lifelong commitment to leading with integrity.
Offered in full partnership with 25 Canadian universities, a Loran Award is valued at approximately $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study:
– Sarah Michael (BMO Loran Scholar ’93), Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. Read more.
Summer Work Experiences
In the summer, we challenge scholars to broaden their horizons and gain meaningful work experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
Loran Scholars complete three types of 12-week summer work experiences: enterprise, public policy, and community development. They can access our networks and up to $14,000 in funding for two summers (up to $7,000 each), which take place in Canada or abroad.
– Julie Van de Valk (Loran Scholar ’12). Read more.
- Introduce scholars to their new community
- Provide them with advice and resources
- Continually challenge them to act with courage, empathy and honesty
“[My mentor] Bill helps to keep me grounded. Sometimes he asks, ‘Why not?’ Why not volunteer my time? Why not put my name up for election? Bill helps me to see the bigger picture and encourages me to take an extra risk when it makes sense.”
– Sammy Lau (Young Fund Loran Scholar ’10) about his mentor Bill Morneau, former Finance Minister of Canada. Read more.
“Hilary has challenged, encouraged and inspired me. I admire and appreciate her tenacity and kindness, and I’m so thankful that we were placed together. I know our relationship will continue to grow.”
– Christina Klassen (Belzberg Loran Scholar ’11) on her mentor Hilary Pearson, former President of the Philanthropic Foundations of Canada. Read more.
In August, our scholars come together for the annual scholars’ retreat – four days of peer-to-peer learning, role modeling and reflection. Scholars participate in sessions on thoughtful leadership and meaningful service.
– Evan Vassallo (Redknee Loran Scholar ’12)
Throughout the academic year, partner universities host receptions and events for Loran Scholars, their mentors and friends of the Loran Scholars Foundation.
– Professor Suzanne Fortier, President and Vice-Chancellor, McGill University.
Graduating scholars join a network of 544 alumni and several hundred of our supporters who collaborate and support each other in leading and serving with integrity. Across Canada and the world, our alumni remain connected to one another through gatherings organized by regional hub coordinators and Connexion weekend.
– François Tanguay-Renaud (BMO Loran Scholar ’98), Associate Professor & Director, Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime & Security, York University. Read more.
Orientation & Graduation
This expedition provides them with an opportunity to test their physical limits, work productively in teams and build a shared sense of identity before they disperse across Canada to begin their first term at university.
– Georgie Giannopoulos (Loran Scholar ’13)
On the precipice of graduation from university, the pressure to follow conventional career paths can be strong.
We encourage fourth-year Loran Scholars to reflect on their post-graduation options and the choices they will need to make. Graduating scholars come together for a day in August to learn from a diverse group of Loran alumni. In February, they complete a McQuaig assessment to learn more about themselves and speak with career coaches.
Teachers Building Leaders Award
The Teachers Building Leaders Award, sponsored by the McCall MacBain Foundation and presented and administered by the Loran Scholars Foundation, recognizes primary and secondary school teachers who go above and beyond to develop character, service and leadership in their students.
– Maryellen Gibson (Rebanks Loran Scholar ’12)
After graduating, Loran Scholars join a thriving community of 583 alumni in Canada, the U.S. and abroad. Find out more about our alumni.