McGill welcomes newest Loran Scholars – McGill Reporter – McGill Reporter

McGill has welcomed eight new Loran Scholars to the University. This brings to 159 Loran Scholars who have chosen McGill over the course of the 34-year partnership between the University and Loran.
Incoming McGill students, Aishwarya Heran of Vancouver, BC; Alexa Bailey of Vancouver, BC; Audrey Guo of Waterloo, Ont.; Émilia Gagné of Saint-Rémi, Que.; Julia Wright of Halifax, NS; Kai Chow of Abbotsford, BC; Kai Hollett of Dartmouth, NS; and Sofie Fournier of Ottawa, Ont., were selected from over 5,100 applicants from across Canada to become 2022 Loran Scholars. McGill is welcoming the most 2022 scholars of any of Loran’s partner universities this year.
The only award of its kind in the country, the Loran Award is a four-year leadership enrichment program consisting of summer work experiences, mentorship, scholar gatherings, an annual living stipend, and a tuition waiver at one of 25 university partners. Loran Scholars are provided with the opportunity to build critical skills and capacity for leadership, to expand horizons by taking on new challenges and exploring diverse experiences, and to join a community of purpose-driven peers who are committed to leaving the world better than they found it.
The Loran Scholars Foundation is committed to identifying and supporting youth to realize their full potential. To find these young people, the Foundation administers the most thorough scholarship selection process in the country. As such, selection supersedes grades and is based on strength of character, a deep commitment to service, evidence of courage, compassion, and an entrepreneurial spirit.
“The past few months have seen me more confident and optimistic for the future than I have ever been, and I can honestly say I owe it all to the Loran Scholars Foundation,” says Guo. “The tools and support that the Foundation has in place to support its scholars’ development as leaders are comprehensive, but to me, the greatest gift the Foundation gives to its scholars is the knowledge that somewhere in Canada, some extraordinary people saw something worth nurturing in us.”
Fournier adds, “my means finally match my ambitions, and I am able to better involve myself and meaningfully contribute to the change I’d like to see.”
And Chow expresses a sentiment shared by many of the 2022 McGill Loran Scholars: “I am delighted to be connected to a community of passionate leaders that can turn each other’s ideas into realities.”
Each of these scholars embody Loran’s values, as demonstrated by their contributions and initiatives:
The eight new scholars at McGill have joined 26 other scholars currently studying at the University. Of the 757 past and present Loran Scholars, 159 have attended McGill, including the following scholars who became Rhodes Scholars:
Learn more about the Loran Award and the Loran Scholars Foundation.
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