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Fort McMurray high school student wins prestigious undergraduate merit award

Last Updated Apr 20, 2021 at 12:14 pm MDT

Tanisha Kadia has been named a 2021 Loran Scholar (Photo provided by the Loran Scholars Foundation)

FORT MCMURRAY (660 NEWS) – A Fort McMurray high school student has received Canada’s largest undergraduate merit award.

Tanisha Kadia of École McTavish Public High School was recently named a 2021 Loran Scholar.

More than 6,000 students from across Canada applied this year, with Tanisha being one of 30 recipients and one of only two Albertans to win the prestigious award.

Students are chosen based on character, commitment to service in the community, and leadership potential.

“In a time of immense change and challenge, these scholars have shown grit and resilience, finding ways to make the most of these extraordinary circumstances and meaningfully serve their communities,” reads a press release provided by the Loran Scholars Foundation.

According to the release, Tanisha is involved in numerous community organizations. She has hosted a hackathon, health conference, and poetry contest through the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Youth. She is also involved in fine arts programs at École McTavish, has interned at a medical clinic, and has worked as a beauty consultant.

The Loran Award is valued at $100,000, including annual stipends and tuition waivers from a list of 25 Canadian universities that have partnered with the program.

Recipients can also take advantage of mentorship opportunities, work experiences, and can attend yearly retreats and forums.

More information can be found HERE.