It's a great opportunity for Morden's Finley Wheeler, who was selected as one of thirty-two individuals to receive the national Loran Scholarship this year. Wheeler is a grade twelve student at Morden Collegiate Institute, and was recently chosen for the scholarship after the final interview process in Toronto.
"It was definitely a pretty vigorous process. When you're giving away such a big award scholarship it's important to be vigorous. It was definitely a nice environment for sure. All of the people are incredible people so it was nice to get to know them that's for sure," said Wheeler, who completed nine interviews during his time in Toronto earlier this month.
In the beginning of the journey he wasn't sure if he would be selected, but just was himself and was able to believe in himself more and more and felt like a good fit for this scholarship.
According to Wheeler the most challenging part of the journey was the amount of stuff going on and not having much down time.
There were academic requirements for this prestigious scholarship, but after passing those requirements, Wheeler noted it was more about his who he is as a person.
"I think probably my entrepreneurial aspect grabbed their attention, with my swimming business. I just went there and was myself and also saw that, which really grabbed their attention," explained Wheeler.
The Loran scholarship is worth roughly $100,000 over a four year period. This scholarship gives you an annual $10,000 stipend, matching tuition waiver to one of its twenty-five Canadian Universities, summer internships, a trusted mentor, an extensive network to utilize, and orientation and graduation services, where advice is given about University options.
"It's a huge weight off the shoulders. Obviously it's an incredible opportunity and my family has a lot less to worry about now, which is very nice for them and for me," said Wheeler.
At this time Wheeler isn't sure as to where he would like to attend school and which program he would like to pursue. He has narrowed it down his career to either engineering or business, and has about five different Universities in mind at this time.
"It definitely starts from when you are younger. Just be involved in everything you can. It's not always about those big deeds. There's also little things, like helping out here and there. Volunteering your time and putting in the time," said Wheeler. "Just being a good person. It really goes a long way."
Wheeler stated being this kind of person was instilled in him by his parents, and he's very grateful for everything they've taught him along the way.