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Topham one of 35 Loran Scholarship recipients


Grandview’s Taron Topham was selected as one of 35 students from across Canada to receive the 2019 Loran Scholarship worth $100,000.
Topham, a defenceman with the Manitoba AAA Midget Hockey League’s Parkland Rangers and Manitoba Junior Hockey League’s Dauphin Kings, spent the weekend in Toronto for the national selection process.
It was a memorable trip for the 17-year-old.
“The trip was great I really enjoyed the whole experience. It took place at the Bank of Montreal training facility in Toronto and I got to meet a lot of new people from all across Canada,” he said.
“I had a couple of interviews and it was really good. I really enjoyed the whole experience.”
Topham received a phone call, Sunday afternoon.
“It was surreal. Because the interviewer kind of led me on for a second, saying, ‘I really hope you enjoyed the experience. As you know the candidate pool was really strong and they only hand out 35 awards out of the 5,000 applicants.’ And then I was told after that that I was fortunate enough to have won one of those 35,” he explained.
The scholarship will be a tremendous help for Topham in his post-secondary education. He would like to get into science field and minor or major in psychology.
“I really enjoy that side of things. And maybe a little bit of bio or chem in there,” he said.
Topham does not want to give up on what got him to where he is today and that means he will keep playing hockey. But he is looking forward to finding the path his life will take him on in the next couple of years.
But right now, it is still sinking in that his application to be a Loran Scholar was successful.
There are 25 partner universities which work with the Loran Scholarship Foundation. At the moment, Topham is considering the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Guelph.
“And there’s always UBC or U of M. We’ll see,” he said.

Doug Zywina