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Two local students named finalists for prestigious scholarship

Bear Creek’s Lucy Duncan and Maple Ridge's Shreya Jain short-listed for Loran Award

Two Barrie high school students have been named as 2024 finalists for the prestigious Loran Scholarship.

Bear Creek Secondary School’s Lucy Duncan and Maple Ridge Secondary's Shreya Jain will travel to Toronto Feb. 23-25 to take part in interviews for the chance to be named one of this year’s 36 Loran scholars.

The results will be released in March or April.

According to the program’s website, the award was created by a group of volunteers who recognized that “academic performance is not the only indicator of future value to the community” and set out to find and support young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.

“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," states the website.

They are seeking 36 young people “who most exceptionally demonstrate strength of character, dedication to service, and leadership potential.”

Redeemable at 25 partner universities, the Loran Award is valued at more than $100,000 over four years, including mentorship, funding for summer work experiences and participation in an extensive network of past and present scholars. 

Finalists not selected as Loran scholars are eligible to receive a one-time $6,000 Loran Finalist Award usable at any Canadian university. At the conclusion of the semi-final interviews, 70 students who distinguished themselves at that level also receive one-time $2,000 Loran provincial/territorial awards.