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Local student wins $100,000 scholarship

Adrianna Vanos was selected for a prestigious Loran Scholarship
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Adrianna Vanos. Photo courtesy of Hilary Gauld Camilleri

A local high school student has won a prestigious $100,000 scholarship.

Adrianna Vanos, a Grade 12 student at St. James high school, was one of 33 students to be named a Loran Scholar out of 4,438 applicants across the country.

Winners are selected based on character, commitment to service in the community and long-term leadership potential.

The scholarship is given by the Loran Scholars Foundation and includes a $10,000 annual stipend, tuition waivers from one of 25 Canadian universities, mentorship, summer internship funding and an orientation expedition to Algonquin Park.

Vanos is the chapter president of Best Buddies, an in-school program that pairs other students with special needs students. Then there's the University of Guelph Science Olympics, Special Olympics, helping organize a Halloween food drive and taking part in activities at the Village of Riverside Glen retirement home twice a year.

She also worked in the Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) the past two summers and holds down a part-time job in Lennox-Addington residence cafeteria at the U of G.

From the 4,438 applicants, roughly 400 earned interviews and 83 finalists were chosen.