Two Local Students Announced as Loran Scholarship Finalists

Posted On Tuesday January 11, 2022
Loran Scholarship finalists
Ila Campbell (left) and Thea Wells (right)

Two Kamloops high school students have been announced as finalists for the national Loran Scholarship, a fund chosen based on character, service, and leadership.

Grade 12 students Ila Campbell of Valleyview Secondary School (VSS) and Thea Wells of South Kamloops Secondary School (SKSS) are among the 90 finalists – the largest group to-date – for one of 36  prestigious awards, valued at $100,000 over four years and comprised of a $10,000 living stipend, up to $10,000 in tuition waiver per year, one-on-one mentorship, up to $14,000 in funding for tri-sectoral summer work experiences, annual gatherings, and a week-long orientation expedition with Outward Bound.

Over 5000 students from over 1400 Canadian schools applied for the 2022 Loran Award. From that pool, the top 6% of applicants (335 semi-finalists) were invited to participate in a rigorous online semi-final interview process in the Fall of 2021. During that interview, judges sought to identify candidates with the qualities that determine a Loran Scholar: demonstrated perseverance when faced with adversity, kindness, a sense of curiosity, and sparks of leadership potential, all of which are accurate characteristics of Kamloops’ own Campbell and Wells.

Barb Hamblett, VSS Principal, recalls first meeting Campbell when the student was in grade 8 during a Day of Sucwentwécw planning session where Campbell would be performing: “When I heard Ila sing, I knew she needed to share her beautiful voice with others,” said Hamblett. “Ila's quiet, calm confidence on the stage and in the classroom has created powerful ripples at VSS. I can hardly wait to see what she will do with her future.”

“Thea is an outstanding Titan who quietly displays a passion for learning and, on a daily basis, demonstrates leadership qualities that have such a positive impact on SKSS,” said Walt Kirschner, Principal at SKSS.

“What I most appreciate is how Thea uses their education as a platform to better themselves, SKSS, and the greater community. A humble student who has positively impacted and supported so many staff and students on our campus.”

The next step for Campbell and Wells is a virtual selection process which will take place in February and March. Successful scholarship recipients will be announced shortly thereafter.

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