Five Black Canadian students have been selected as Loran Scholars – among 35 recipients of Canada’s most comprehensive undergraduate scholarship for character, service, and leadership. The announcement was made earlier this month.
These 35 young Canadians have been selected for their potential to become leaders of character who are unafraid to take #risksforgood. Please help us warmly welcome the 30th class of Loran Scholars: https://t.co/O5IiXsG88l #Loran2019 pic.twitter.com/M05EricKju
— Loran Scholars Foundation (@loranscholar) February 6, 2019
The Black-Canadians that made the 30th class of Loran Scholars. are Anu Popoola, Ta’Ziyah Jarrett, Mesgna Mesgna, Bianca Matthews and Chidi Umenwofor-Nweze.
Read Their Bios
Holy Trinity School
Anu is her school’s Service Prefect, helps run the community service club, and is a member of the basketball and track & field teams. She serves as her church’s pianist, started a project to raise books for schools in Nigeria and organized an event for Black History Month at her school. She interned as a research student at SickKids Hospital.
Turner Fenton Secondary School
Bianca chairs a PDSB-wide leadership conference which promotes the acquisition of leadership abilities in high schoolers. She self-published her own poetic dossier surrounding mental health and is currently advocating for the permanent implementation of mental health resources within her school. Bianca actively participates in sports like rugby and kickboxing. She worked as an instructor at Kumon Learning Centre.
The Mahindra United World College of India
Chidinma is co-captain of her robotics team. She assists in a computer literacy program in a village near her school. She was a chorister and recently portrayed Alexander Hamilton in a student-led production of “Hamilton”. She has undertaken infrastructural projects, such as a bus shelter and pediatric unit, within the Government of Nunavut.
Churchill High School
Mesgna founded an after-school program that partners with his local Boys and Girls Club to encourage youth to delve into academics and athletics. He works as a head coach and is a 2018 SHAD fellow. Mesgna was selected for the opportunity to shadow Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
Ta’Ziyah is the chair of the inaugural Equity Council at her school. She worked as a member of the Racialized Communities Strategy at Legal Aid Ontario and has volunteered with the Midtown Toronto Youth Council. Ta’Ziyah has been an active member of her student council since 11th grade and played an integral role in planning her school’s annual charity week.
The Loran Award, valued at $100,000 for four years of undergraduate study at any of its 25 partner universities includes an annual stipend of $10,000 to cover residence costs, another $10,000 a year in tuition waivers, and access to $10,000 in funding for summer internships, one-on-one mentorship, and annual retreats and scholar gatherings, according to a Loran Scholars Foundation press release.
More than 5,000 students applied this year, and the top 88 finalists traveled to Toronto for national selections last weekend. The interviewers selected 35 Loran Scholars from across Canada based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community and long-term leadership potential.
Click here to see full list the 30th class of Loran Scholars: loranscholar.ca/2019-loran-sch