A phone call that changed her life

Can­ning teen wins $100,000 Lo­ran Schol­ar­ship

Valley Journal Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - BY KIRK STARRATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA CAN­NING kstar­ratt@kingscountynews.ca

Fol­low­ing a week­end of fi­nal in­ter­views in Toronto, a Can­ning teen got a phone call that will change her life

Seven­teen- year- old Lily Bate­man, 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 adds.

Bate­man wasn’t shoot­ing for suc­cess or schol­ar­ships through vol­un­teer­ing or us­ing it as “a re­sume builder.” It just started hap­pen­ing, she says. 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 study to­wards 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, she says.


Lily Bate­man of Can­ning, right, has won a $100,000 Lo­ran Schol­ar­ship. Here she joins fel­low Nova Sco­tia finalists as they de­part for Toronto and a week­end of fi­nal in­ter­views.

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