Loran Scholars Foundation

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Loran Scholars Foundation
Logo for Loran Scholars Foundation.png
Motto Character, Service, Leadership
Formation 1988
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Official language English, French
Executive Director Franca Gucciardi (Loran Scholar '90)
Key people
  • Robert Cluett (Founder)
  • Patrick Cronin (Chair)
Website www.loranscholar.ca

Founded in Toronto in 1988, The Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charitable organization awarding scholarships for students entering university in Canada. Loran Scholars receive the country's largest independent undergraduate merit award on the basis of character, service and leadership.

Loran Scholars[edit]

The Loran Scholars Foundation selects 30 students each year for an undergraduate scholarship valued at up to $100,000.[1] It has been active since 1990.

The scholarship is tenable at 25 public universities throughout Canada; however, the lower level awards (provincial awards and finalist awards) can be used at any public Canadian university or college. Fifteen Loran Scholars have gone on to win Rhodes Scholarships.[2] It consists of living stipends, a matching tuition waiver, summer enrichment funding, and mentoring over four years of study.

Candidate selection[edit]

The Loran Scholar selection process is rigorous. The selection process is as follows:

  • Approximately 2,000 nominees come as sponsored candidates, with endorsements from their schools. Each secondary school can sponsor up to three students. Evaluations are made by 30 Area Committees in 22 centres, from St. John's to Victoria, and then as many as 300 semifinalists, or approximately 10 candidates, are chosen for regional interviews. About 50-60 candidates are then invited to attend National Selections in Toronto.
  • Approximately 1,800 candidates come through the Direct Pool (self-nomination). The 12-member National Assessment Panel sits during December and January and evaluates the application of each candidate, and telephone interviews are conducted with semi-finalists. About 20 candidates are then invited to attend National Selections in Toronto.
  • 75 finalists are chosen from across Canada and flown to Toronto for National Selections.[3]
  • Up to 30 candidates are selected as Loran Scholars. In addition, up to 80 candidates are offered finalist ($3,000) and provincial ($2,000) awards.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Since the award was established in 1990, the foundation has selected more than 500 Loran Scholars. Past Loran Scholars include Lucas Skoczkowski [4] , founder and CEO of Redknee; Graham Fox ,[5] president and CEO of the Institute for Research on Public Policy; Diane Nalini de Kerckhove,[6] a jazz musician and physicist; youth engagement leader and social justice advocate Michelle Dagnino; CPR assist device inventor Corey Centen; François Tanguay-Renaud ,[7] Director of York University's Jack & Mae Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security, and Associate Dean Research at Osgoode Hall Law School; Goldman Sachs managing director Lyle Schwartz; Thalmic Labs co-founder and CEO Stephen Lake; and Orpyx CEO Breanne Everett.[8]


Several scholarships are awarded by the foundation.

  • $100,000 Loran Awards. 30 available.
  • $3,000 Loran Finalist Award, offered to all finalists who attend national selections but are not selected as Loran Scholars. 40 available.
  • $2,000 Loran Provincial Award, offered by regional committees outstanding semi-finalists who are not asked to attend national selections. 40 available.
  • Honour Citation, granted to students who distinguish themselves at regional interviews but are not offered any monetary awards.
  • Semi-Finalist Certificate, issued to students selected for a regional interview.


Loran Scholars are selected on the basis of character, service and leadership potential.

Financial value[edit]

Each Loran Scholar receives a renewable scholarship valued at up to $100,000. The scholarship has three main financial components:

  • The institution at which the scholar chooses to study grants a tuition waiver up to $9,000 per annum.
  • As of 2012, the Loran Scholars Foundation offers an $9,000 living stipend per annum.
  • Scholars are awarded up to $8,500 for three summer internships.[clarification needed]

Loran Scholars may study at the following universities in Canada:

Atlantic Canada: Dalhousie University, Memorial University, Mount Allison University, Université de Moncton, University of King's College, University of New Brunswick.

Québec: McGill University, Université Laval, Université de Montréal.

Ontario: McMaster University, Ryerson University, Queen's University, University of Guelph, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Western University, York University.

Prairies: University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Manitoba, University of Saskatchewan.

British Columbia: Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Victoria.

Experiential value[edit]

One of the many things that makes the Loran Scholars Foundation's scholarships unique is the mentorship program, where each Loran Scholar is paired with a mentor who is a community leader. Current and former mentors include ACE Bakery founder Martin Connell, OC, O.Ont; Canadian senator Hon. Landon Pearson; public policy entrepreneur David Eaves; Dr. Alice Chan-Yip, C.M. of the Montreal Children's Hospital; and McMaster professor Dr. Gary Warner.

Furthermore, the Loran Scholars Foundation offers funding (up to $8,500 per year) for three summer experiences:

  • The Enterprise Summer
  • The Personal and Community Development Summer
  • The Public Policy Summer

W. Garfield Weston Award[edit]

The Loran Scholars Foundation previously administered the W. Garfield Weston Award for outstanding college-bound students in Canada. Established in 1999 with the support of the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, it awarded up to 25 scholarships to entering college students, and up to 25 scholarships to upper-year college students.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Loran Scholars program". Loran Scholars Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ "2013 Annual Report". Loran Scholars Foundation. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  3. ^ "Selection Process". Loran Scholars Foundation. Retrieved 2010-04-15. 
  4. ^ "Lucas Skoczkowski: Executive Profile & Biography - Business Week". Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Graham Fox » Institute for Research on Public Policy". Institute for Research on Public Policy. Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  6. ^ "Diane de Kerckhove, Environment Canada". Government of Canada. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 
  7. ^ "François Tanguay-Renaud » Osgoode Hall Law School". Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. Retrieved 2014-06-06. 
  8. ^ "Orpyx Medical Technologies - Board of Directors". Orpyx. Retrieved 2014-04-29. 

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