17-year-old Lily Bateman of Canning, a Grade 12 student at Northeast Kings Education Centre (NKEC), said she was “ecstatic” to learn that she’s among the finalists for a Loran Scholarship.
If successful, she’ll receive $100,000 over four years for undergraduate studies as well as mentorship and summer experiences. Bateman said she feels that she fits well with what they’re looking for.
“They’re looking for someone that is very involved in their community, is driven and will actually make use of the time at university,” Bateman said. “I feel as though I’m very passionate about what I love to do and I would really love to have an extra boost to help me get through school.”
Bateman applied in October. She first wrote essays and was chosen as one of three students NKEC would sponsor as applicants. The Loran Scholars Foundation then chose candidates to represent each province and territory.
From there, Bateman became a semi-finalist and is now among 84 finalists from across Canada. There were 4,438 applicants starting off.
Bateman said it would mean the world to her to be selected as a Loran Scholar and to have that support system behind her. She’s always known that she wanted to attend university and make the most of the experience but the cost presents a financial concern. Bateman said it would mean a lot to have the financial support of the Loran Scholars Foundation and to have people believe in her ability to use her skills and leadership qualities to “make school worth while.”
Final interviews are being held the first week in February and Bateman said she would find out soon thereafter if she makes the cut. Her chances are good, considering that 32 of the 84 finalists will receive scholarships. Just making it to the finals ensures that she’ll receive a $3,000 bursary.
Bateman said she’s looking at multiple universities but her first choice is the University of Toronto. She plans to take a Bachelor of Science, majoring in astrophysics. She’s always been fascinated with outer space and the way the universe works, including the laws of physics.
“It’s just something I’ve been passionate about and I can’t wait to pursue it and see where it goes,” Bateman said.
Character, service and leadership
The Loran Foundation places a lot of importance on character, service, leadership and extracurricular involvement. Bateman is involved in Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program. Bateman describes this as a global family that works to improve sustainability through helping the environment, animals and people.
After meeting Goodall and other mentors at a weekend workshop in Toronto, Bateman created her own project to engage youth in nature by using art. She developed lesson plans and worked with a group of Canning elementary school students.
Since Roots and Shoots originated at the University of Toronto, Bateman hopes to become more involved with the organization during her post-secondary studies.
Bateman is also involved with Light 4 Learning, a group that includes members with intellectual disabilities. They work together to raise money to buy solar powered lights for rural schools in Uganda, along with other initiatives.
She also serves as the junior board member with the Community Association of People for Real Enterprise (CAPRE). A major initiative of the group is raising funds to provide seed money to clients with intellectual disabilities to start businesses.
Bateman said she intends to continue helping to break down barriers for people with intellectual disabilities during the course of her post-secondary studies. She sees Toronto as a city of opportunities.
About the Loran Scholars Foundation
- The Loran Scholars Foundation is an independent charitable organization governed by a board of directors, working in partnership with universities, donors and volunteers.
- The Financial Post recently named the Loran Scholars Foundation a Top 25 Canadian Charity, number one in education, based on evidence of good governance, financial transparency and clear evidence of impact.
- Loran, short for Long-Range Aid to Navigation, is a system that uses three points – values of character, service and leadership – to determine one’s course for a long journey. The name emphasizes the lifelong impact and values of being a Loran Scholar.
- Founded in 1988 by Dr. Robert Cluett, the foundation was the first national organization in Canada to grant undergraduate awards based on a mix of academic achievement, extracurricular activity and leadership potential.
- Before 2007, Loran Awards were known as Canadian Merit Scholarship Foundation National Awards.
- For more information, visit www.loranscholar.ca.