Faris Mecklai is a Grade 12 student at Mulgrave School who last week received the news that he was chosen as a Loran Scholar, one of 33 across Canada.
The Lower Edgemont resident is the most recent North Vancouver recipient after Emma Clark in 2014. According to information from the organization, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity with an aim to invest in young Canadians who demonstrate character, service and leadership potential.
The Loran Award is valued at $100,000 over four years of undergraduate study, including a $10,000 annual stipend, tuition waivers from one of 25 Canadian universities, mentorship, summer internship funding, and more.
A press release from the group stated Faris has been volunteering within the Ismaili Muslim community for three years, most recently as a teaching assistant. He started a stream ecology club and co-leads a human rights club at his school. Faris also plays trombone in a concert and a jazz band, and is a member of the school badminton team. – Rosalind Duane