CASS Student Finalist for Loran Award

CASS Student Finalist for Loran Award
photo by Victoria MacKay-Coutu

Grade 12 CASS student, Liam Murdock of St. Joseph Island, has advanced to the National Selections for the prestigious Loran Award valued at $100,000.

Liam is among 88 finalists out of 5,089 candidates, based on evidence of character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential.

On November 10th Liam went through a full day of interviews at Laurentian University in Sudbury, along with 9 other students from across northern Ontario.

During his interviews Liam discussed his role as CASS Student Council President, spending last year in Germany as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange, and his plans for post-secondary education in the medical field.

Liam was the only one to advance from the semi-finals in Sudbury. The next step is the National Selections to be held in Toronto on February 1st and 2nd, 2019.

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.

Liam is waiting to be accepted into the Nursing program at Queens University for the fall and plans to apply to medical school after completing his undergraduate degree.

If not selected as a Loran Scholar, Liam is still eligible to receive a $5,000 finalist award.

CASS Graduate, Samantha Giguere from Thessalon First Nation, is a 2017 Hydro One Loran Scholar who is in the Archaeology Program at University of Toronto.