From left: Matthew Trefiak and Taron Topham. (Photos: Submitted)

USask welcomes Loran Scholars

Two USask students, from a pool of more than 5,000 applicants, were selected as 2019 Loran Scholars, Canada’s largest and most comprehensive undergraduate award.

The USask recipients—two of the 35 recipients from across Canada—are Taron Topham of Grandview, Manitoba, and Matthew Trefiak of Edgerton, Alberta.

“Being a Loran Scholar opens doors to so many opportunities, from the people I have met and the mentorship program to a wide variety of enriching work placements. It truly is an award program like no other,” said Topham, who is currently pursuing Bachelor of Science degree.

To Trefiak, who is studying animal biosciences, being a Loran Scholar means “that you are leading by example, and taking risks or opportunities that are outside your typical comfort zone as a tool for the development of yourself and your community.” 

The Loran Scholars Foundation administers a thorough scholarship selection process based on evidence of integrity, courage, compassion, grit, a high level of personal autonomy, and a dedication to creating positive change.

Topham served as treasurer of his local 4-H club and president of Grandview School’s student council. Taron was a member of the Dauphin Kings Junior A and Parkland Rangers hockey teams. While living with a billet family in Dauphin, he would make trips home to help on the family farm and volunteer with community activities.

Trefiak was actively involved in several agricultural communities, serving as a Summer Synergy participant, an Alberta 4-H Ambassador, and a National Young Cattleman while attending Wainwright High School. He also initiated a program at his high school to foster inclusiveness and develop a sense of community.

About the Loran Scholars Foundation and Loran Award

The Loran Scholars Foundation, established in 1988, is a national charity that works in partnership with universities, donors, and volunteers throughout the country to find and nurture young people who demonstrate strength of character, commitment to service, and leadership potential. Loran Scholars receive a renewable four-year award valued at over $100,000 comprising an annual $10,000 living stipend and matching tuition waiver from one of the foundation’s 25 partner universities; up to $10,000 in funding for tri-sectoral summer internships (enterprise, public policy, and community development); one-on-one mentorship; and the opportunity to connect with other high-potential youth through scholar gatherings. Following their undergraduate studies, Loran Scholars are welcomed into an engaged alumni community, in which former scholars connect and collaborate through regional hubs and larger reunion events.

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