Loran Award

Value: $100,000 over four years

The Loran Scholars Foundation offers Canada’s largest and most comprehensive four-year undergraduate award, and is offered to young Canadians on the basis of character, service and the promise of leadership. This program values integrity, courage, grit and personal autonomy as indicators of overall potential rather than standard academic measures.

The U of A is a great choice for Loran Scholars - we offer the kind of well-rounded interdisciplinary environment where you can be challenged and thrive!

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

  • An annual stipend of $10,000
  • A tuition waiver of up to $10,000 annually from one of 25 partner universities
  • Personal mentorship from a Canadian leader
  • Access to the Loran network and up to $14,000 in funding for summer internships in three different sectors
  • An orientation expedition through Algonquin Park
  • Annual retreats and scholar gatherings
  • Lifelong membership in a community of values-driven individuals

Up to 120 finalist and provincial awards will also be offered to promising candidates who are not selected as Loran Scholars.

Visit Loran Scholars Foundation Website


This award is open to Canadian high school students who:

  • are entering university for the first time in September 2024;
  • present a minimum cumulative average of 85%;
  • hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status;
  • are born between January 1, 2002 and September 1, 2008.

Students who graduated in 2023 and are currently taking a gap year are also eligible to apply.

How to Apply

The application process takes place annually in September/October. Shortlisted candidates are notified at least one week before their semi-final interview date. For detailed dates and deadlines please check the Loran Scholars Foundation website.

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

Shortlisted candidates must submit a supplementary video. From there, 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, outstanding semi-finalists are invited to participate in national interviews. Provincial & territorial awards ($2,000 each) and honour citations are also granted to semi-finalists who distinguish themselves at the semi-final level.

90 Finalists will be invited to National Selections in Toronto, pending public health advisories. Costs to attend are covered by the Loran Scholars Foundation.

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 info@loranscholar.ca.