A phone call that changed her life
Canning teen wins $100,000 Loran Scholarship
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.