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Kaslo's Jes Tremblay in running for Loran Award

Jes Tremblay from J.V. Humphries Secondary School in Kaslo has a chance to earn a Loran Award valued at $100,000 over four years for undergraduate studies in Canada.

Tremblay, among the top 88 of 5,000 candidates, based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community and leadership potential is participating in the national selections in Toronto on February 2-3.

Tremblay organized a group of volunteer students to clean up the local museum grounds, has participated in the school’s food program for a few years and volunteers in the garden, grows food, cooks as well as serves students without lunch.

As a junior golf coordinator, Tremblay has led a team of children’s golf instructors in overseeing 40 children.

Tremblay is in charge of a pocket park project to recover and share Kaslo history and is also a museum coordinator and manages the artifacts and general public education.

Other interests include a member of a band, a choir accompanist and she works part-time at a grocery story.

After national selections, the Loran Scholars Foundation will grant 34 Loran Awards. The Loran Award includes annual stipends, tuition waivers from a partner university, mentorship, summer internship funding as well as annual retreats and forums. If not selected as a Loran Scholar, Tremblay is eligible to receive a $5,000 finalist award.

Loran Scholars Foundation

The Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that partners with 25 universities to invest in young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.

We are selecting the top 34 of 5,000 students as Loran Scholars, through a rigorous selection process involving up to three days of interviews at the regional and national level. The Loran Scholars Foundation has supported 599 Loran Scholars over the years and granted more than $31.5M in awards.

The Loran Award, valued at $100,000 over four years, comprises a $10,000 annual stipend and a matching tuition waiver (unique in Canada), up to $10,000 in funding for summer internships, a weeklong orientation expedition in Algonquin Park in Ontario, one-on-one mentorship and participation in the community of past and present scholars.