Selected from over 4,000 applications from across the country, our SHAD-Lorans will each receive Canada’s largest undergraduate merit award valued at up to $100,000, over four years. The Loran Scholarship program shares a similar mission to SHAD with a commitment to the greatest of Canada’s natural resources – our youth.
“SHAD educates bright minds in critical thinking and creativity allowing them to do amazing things and become Canada’s leaders of tomorrow,” said Alex Gillis, SHAD ’14 and 2016 Loran Scholar. “My SHAD experience pushed my limits enabling me to discover my true talents. Without SHAD, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
"SHAD gave me direction and taught me to figuratively run towards my goals rather than run away from potential failure. This direction and philosophy has really made achieving success in my involvements much smoother," said Nitish Bhatt, SHAD '14 and 2016 Loran Scholar. "SHAD also taught me how STEM combined with business and leadership can quite literally engineer a better world."
"SHAD was an amazing experience...It was a month full of challenges and difficulties. These challenges showed me my capabilities and taught me how to push myself to the extreme. At the end of this … month. I changed a lot. I was standing beside eleven of the brightest Canadians students presenting a pitch in front of real Entrepreneurs. These students were 11 of the fifty five members of my new family. My SHAD family,” said Bilal Ayyache, SHAD ’15 and 2016 Loran Scholar. “After SHAD, I came back home motivated and determined to make a change in this world...That’s what made me become a Loran Scholar.”
"SHAD reaffirmed in my mind that I am not alone in my definition of success being drive and true passion. I am a huge fan and supporter of SHAD and always will be. It's an opportunity that can't be missed for high school students," said Aditi Sriram, SHAD '15 and 2016 Loran Scholar. "At SHAD I met so many like-minded individuals, who valued learning and experiences over marks and resumes."
“SHAD was one of the most memorable times of my life. It caused me to push my own creative limits, and apply my knowledge to the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields," said Taylor Lynn Curtis, SHAD '15 and Loran Scholar 2016. "Returning from SHAD, I experienced an increase in my confidence, as well as a renewed sense of innovation and creativity. I will forever remember the connections and experiences SHAD provided me.”
After arriving from Nigeria three years ago, Bilal began volunteering as a peer tutor at school. He plans events, edits the yearbook and teaches younger students how to write resumes. Bilal volunteered at a hospital and with Special Olympics, and he leads the soccer and badminton teams. Through SHAD, he helped create a subscription box service. Bilal is a barista at a coffee shop.
Nitish Bhatt, SHAD '14
St. John's, NL
Nitish started an initiative that promotes children’s literacy through awareness activities and fundraisers. He volunteers at a blood donation clinic, debates competitively and chairs a regional social justice coalition. Nitish also organized an environmental arts competition for younger students and started a science and technology club. He works as a tutor and plays guitar.
Nitish’s significant commitment to volunteer service was also acknowledged through his receipt of SHAD’s Dr. Leonard Lye Travel Bursary – an award made possible by our valued donors who choose to help exceptional youth like Nitish reach their full potential.
Taylor Lynn Curtis, SHAD '15
Taylor Lynn was captain of the ice hockey team, and she coaches a team with special needs. She is in her second year as editor-in-chief of the school yearbook. Taylor Lynn leads her school’s Model UN delegation, tutors and acts in the school play. She also led an award-winning SHAD team and volunteered as an assistant water safety instructor. During the year, Taylor Lynn is an office receptionist.
Émélie Gagnon, SHAD '15
DSL de Grand-Sault, NB
Inspired by a project in BC, Émélie led a team to grow 300 pots of vegetables and deliver them to elderly people and individuals with reduced mobility. She co-founded and leads a group that supports LGBTQ students and runs anti-homophobia activities. Émélie is editor of the school newspaper, student council treasurer and a volunteer at a nursing home. She plays piano and volleyball, and she works at a grocery store.
Alex Gillis, SHAD '14
After starting an award-winning data collection company at age 15, Alex co-founded a program to encourage student entrepreneurs. He is helping to introduce an online Advanced Placement computer science course at his school. Alex also volunteers as a web designer for a non-profit organization, serves as student council treasurer and previously led the soccer team. Last summer, he worked at the library.
Aditi Sriram, SHAD '15
Aditi began volunteering with the Jane and Finch Community Tennis Association four years ago. She now serves on the association’s youth council and works as a coach. Aditi helps run both the DECA and science clubs at school and organized a Science Olympics event. She started a TEDx club, serves as a Girl Guides youth leader and plays flute in the school band.
Vicky Xu, SHAD '14
Vicky organized a community talent show and other programming to help bring her neighbours together. She also started a group that runs kindness and appreciation campaigns. As president of the arts council, Vicky organized a festival and the creation of a school mural. She also leads the United Way club, coaches soccer and plays piano. Last year, she worked three jobs.