DVSS’s Jes Fran­cis earns $100k Lo­ran Schol­ar­ship

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Krystin McHugh

DVSS stu­dent, Jes Fran­cis, has been se­lected by the Lo­ran Schol­ars Foun­da­tion to re­ceive their un­der­grad­u­ate award, which has a value of $100,000 over four years.

Each Lo­ran Award re­cip­i­ent re­ceives an an­nual stipend of $10,000, ac­cess to fund­ing for sum­mer in­tern­ships, one on one men­tor­ship, an­nual re­treats, scholar gath­er­ings and un­der­grad­u­ate tu­ition paid at any of their 25 part­ner univer­si­ties.

Fran­cis told The Mail, “It’s like be­ing ac­cepted into a pro­gram. There’s 33 peo­ple that were se­lected. My un­der­grad is paid for and we all get to­gether a cou­ple times a year.”

The Lo­ran Award is Canada’s largest and more com­pre­hen­sive four year un­der­grad­u­ate award and re­cip­i­ents are se­lected based not only on aca­demics but also ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties and lead­er­ship po­ten­tial.

Fran­cis said, “It’s not so much about grade aver­age, you need 85 per cent and above, but it’s based on lead­er­ship in­volve­ment.”

In Novem­ber of 2016, Fran­cis found out she was one of the 398 stu­dents se­lected to be in­ter­viewed in one of the 21 cities across Canada. The Lo­ran Schol­ars Foun­da­tion re­ceived a to­tal of 4,438 ap­pli­ca­tions for 2016. Af­ter be­ing in­ter­viewed in Cal­gary, Fran­cis later found out she was one of the 83 fi­nal­ists to at­tend na­tional se­lec­tion in Toronto.

“It was very, very amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one was so amaz­ing with dif­fer­ent goals and ex­pe­ri­ences. The open­ing cer­e­mony was an in­for­ma­tion ses­sion ex­plain­ing that it was an in­ten­sive four year pro­gram. Most of us didn’t know what we had got­ten our­selves into.” Fran­cis said.

The week­end in Toronto was two full days of group and in­di­vid­ual in­ter­views. Most in­ter­views were 15 min­utes long and done af­ter the

stu­dents had filled out ques­tion­naires ask­ing about com­mu­nity in­volve­ment, hob­bies, and in­ter­ests.

“I had just flown in Sun­day and they called me to tell me I was se­lected. It was kind of un­be­liev­able. The 84 peo­ple there were just so amaz­ing. To be se­lected as one of the 33 was sur­pris­ing. It was just a wow.” Fran­cis said.

Her father, Shawn Fran­cis said to The Mail, “Ob­vi­ously we were and still are ex­cited about the whole thing. Jes worked very hard and it’s nice to see her get some recog­ni­tion. The neat thing about this is not just the fi­nan­cial side that is amaz­ing but it just seems like it’s a re­ally great op­por­tu­nity to get Jes to where she wants to be. With all the sup­port she is go­ing to get, it’s go­ing to be a pretty amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

17 year old, Fran­cis, was born in White­horse and moved to Drumheller eight years ago. She hopes to go into Po­lit­i­cal Sci­ence with a strong in­ter­est in In­ter­nal Af­fairs.

“I’d re­ally like to work with Global Af­fairs Canada in the for­eign af­fairs min­istry.” Fran­cis said.

Jes Fran­cis, stu­dent from DVSS, was se­lected to re­ceive the Lo­ran Award, which is based on the val­ues of char­ac­ter, ser­vice, and lead­er­ship.

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