Alex Gillis Awarded Loran Scholarship valued at $100,000

Alex Gillis from Halifax has been chosen as one of 30 students Canada wide to win the prestigious Loran Scholarship.

Gillis is a grade 12 student at Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax and was among three young Nova Scotian students nominated by his school for the award.

Fountain Academy Principal, Robert Marchand has seen his potential grow in many different ways over the past few years.

“It’s not surprising he’s being recognized because he’s a top notch student, but he’s also got so many other outside interests.”

The scholarship, which began in 1990 focuses on character, integrity and service to the community. There were 4,237 students from all across Canada nominated based on their achievements and of those, 400 interviews were conducted in order to determine the best of the best.

At 17-years-old Gillis already has an extensive resume. He co-founded and runs a Halifax wide program called Hoist, for students wanting to learn more about technology, business and design. He also started his own company along with co-founder Aristides Milios called Bitness. The company uses smartphone signals to collect data in order to help retailers track customer behaviour. Bitness aids these companies in marketing efforts as well as staffing and already has a sizeable following.

This past weekend the 80 finalists were invited to Toronto for national selections and one final interview to determine the winning scholars.

The 30 students awarded the scholarship will receive up to $100,000 in tuition and living stipends, mentorship, funding for internships, as well as the opportunity to participate in annual retreats and orientation expeditions all over the world.

The remaining scholars who did not receive the scholarship were still awarded up to $3,000 in tuition fees.  

Alex has his eyes on the University of British Colombia and the Commerce program the school has to offer. As an eager and successful entrepreneur already he is very excited about the mentorship program the Loran Scholarship allows.

“They pair you up with a mentor in the city of your University. At least once a week you can check in with them. They act as a sort of life coach and they help you go through your studies and personal life.”

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