17-year-old Lily Bateman of Canning, a Grade 12 student at Northeast Kings Education Centre, said she was overwhelmed with support from the community once news broke in January that she was among 84 Loran Scholarship finalists from across the country.
She said it bolstered her confidence and helped carry her through the final interviews.
Bateman is among 33 students who have been named this year’s Loran Scholars. She’ll receive $100,000 over four years for undergraduate studies as well as mentorship and summer experiences.
“It was amazing,” Bateman said. “I just felt so much support and relief that I wouldn’t be in debt for the rest of my life.”
She was having breakfast with her family on Feb. 5 after flying back to Nova Scotia from Toronto when the call came from Heather Spratt, director of programs and operations with the Loran Scholars Foundation, telling Bateman she had won. Bateman said it “felt so surreal.”
“As soon as she started telling me that I had won I just could not believe it,” she said. “I went and told my parents and they were just so happy as well.”
The Loran Scholars Foundation places a lot of importance on character, service, leadership and extracurricular involvement. Bateman said all the support she is going to get over the next four years from the foundation “means the world” to her.
It means more opportunities, more time to put into studies and more time to devote to her passion, volunteering. It will have a positive impact on her time in university and her life in general.
She said she wasn’t shooting for success or scholarships through volunteering or to use it as “a resume builder.” It just started happening. Bateman became convinced that she should start striving for positive benefits generated by her dedication to volunteering.
The weekend of final interviews was held at the BMO Institute for Learning on Feb. 3 and 4. She said it was one of the most enjoyable and interesting experiences of her life. Bateman got to meet lots of people from across Canada with a diverse range of interests and passions.
“Even if I didn’t get the phone call, I was still really satisfied with the weekend and the experience,” she said.
Bateman’s first choice for post-secondary studies 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.
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.
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.
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.
- For more information, visit www.loranscholar.ca.