LCVI student, Calder, has a lot to look forward to. Out of 3,800 applicants nationwide, the 17-year-old student has been named a Loran Scholar.
The Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that identifies and supports exceptional young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership. The selection process involves rounds of interviews, with the applications being narrowed down to 30 individuals. Each scholar receives a renewable undergraduate award valued at up to $100,000,with the foundation’s partner universities offering a matching tuition waiver. Furthermore, they have access to a summer program, one-on-one mentoring, an orientation, and a retreat. The foundation also offers one-time finalists awards of $3,000 and provincial awards of $2,000. These awards can be used at any public university in Canada.
“I was motivated to apply for this scholarship because of the associated opportunities for mentorship and self-growth,” says Calder. “The Loran Scholars present opportunities for me to participate in a worldwide circle of leaders and mentors that will ultimately open doors for me after I graduate. It’s not just about the money in the short term, it’s about the global connection that I’ll benefit from after graduation.”
Of course, the award didn’t come easy. Calder had to maintain an 85% cumulative average. Additionally, the applicants were also judged on leadership, character, and their involvement in the community. Calder has also been involved in a number of other activities while balancing his studies. He is the Student Council President, a member of the Minister’s Student Advisory Council (MSAC), rugby player, drummer, orchestral percussionist, founder of the LCVI Improv Club, actor, entrepreneur, and balloon artist. All of this would surely fill up anyone’s calendar, but it also got the attention of the Loran’s Selections Committee.
“Community service, and a commitment to becoming involved, has been an integral part of my high school experience,” says Calder. “Student Council and my platform for MSAC have provided me with opportunities to serve my community. Specifically, serving the needs of families through the Christmas Hamper initiative at my school and addressing rural poverty issues through MSAC have been my areas of focus.
For more information about the Loran Scholars Foundation, visit www.loranscholar.ca.