Yellowknife student wins $100K award

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Emma Willoughby from Sir John Franklin High School has just won a Loran Award valued at $100,000.

The Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity and every year hands out several Loran Awards worth $100,000 over a four-year undergraduate program.

Emma Willoughby, a grade 12 student at Sir John Franklin High School, will be heading to Toronto for National Selections in February. photo courtesy of Emma Willoughby
Emma Willoughby, a grade 12 student at Sir John Franklin High School, just won a Loran Award, valued at $100,000.
photo courtesy of Emma Willoughby.

But the foundation doesn’t give out awards based solely on academic or athletic merit, rather it looks “beyond the transcript” to “find the promise of character,” according to the foundation’s website.

Out of over 5,000 applicants, grade 12 student Willoughby was named one of 88 finalists last month before being selected as one of 34 Loran Scholars after national selections took place in Toronto earlier this month.

Willoughby told Northern News Services last month that she plans to use her earnings to attend either Queens University, the University of Ottawa or McGill University.

“I want to go into education to become a teacher, or work in international development and political sciences,” she said.

 

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