Two 2016 SHAD Fellows have just been named 2017 Loran Scholars.


Selected from an initial pool of almost 4,500 applicants, their character, commitment to serving their communities and long-term leadership potential led Chedi Mbaga and Matthew Reynolds to be recognized with this prestigious scholarship and accolade. 


Joining 78 previously named SHAD-Lorans, Chedi and Matthew bring SHAD's total to 80 Loran Scholars among its alumni network. As Loran Scholars, they will receive scholarships valued at $100,000 over four years, including an annual stipend of $10,000 and matching tuition waiver, access to $10,000 in funding for summer internships, one-on-one mentorship and annual retreats and scholar gatherings.


"I think that SHAD absolutely contributed to my Loran selection, being immersed in the culture of learning and growing with a group of exceptional peers opened my eyes to the possibilities in my future," says Matthew, when commenting on his Loran Scholar selection. 


"A month being led by incredible program staff alongside passionate, wonderful friends inspired me to seek out and thrust myself into opportunities in my community. The entire experience helped me find my passion and has driven me to be a better person, student, and friend, in many ways which led me down the road to applying for Loran. Without SHAD, I wouldn't be the person I am today, and I certainly wouldn't be a Loran Scholar; It was the opportunity that opened my eyes to the things I was capable of, drove me to achieve and exceed them, and do my part to try to make my world a better place. I'm extremely grateful for the SHAD program, it was truly lifechanging."


Chedi too says that SHAD contributed to his receipt of this scholarship: "As cliche as it sounds, SHAD was a life changing experience because through the program I was empowered to see the bigger picture. While daily life may ask for single faceted approaches to problems, or tunnel vision in terms of goal setting, being exposed to a variety of fields and studies by great teachers like Mr. Ian Fogarty, Co-Director SHAD UNB, showed me that passion, community, and drive can be married to create principled leaders who think outside the box and play the long game. SHAD shifted my paradigm and going into my final year of high school, the holistic philosophy I had developed at SHAD carried me through when I met roadblocks. So did SHAD contribute to my winning the Loran? Absolutely, and for that I will be eternally grateful."


Learn more about SHAD's newest Loran Scholars:



Chedi Mbaga

SHAD Fellow 2016 & Loran Scholar 2017


Chedi completed a short film to share the stories of youth with intellectual disabilities, serves as student government president and played lead roles in two plays. He mentors younger students in debating, dances ballet and has been an altar server for over seven years. Chedi works as a swim instructor at a community centre. 


Chedi attended SHAD UNB in July 2016.



Matthew Reynolds

SHAD Fellow 2016 & Loran Scholar 2017


Matthew provides audio-visual technology support for school events. He is a founding member and the team captain of the FIRST Robotics club. Matthew also helps plan music events and organized a student-run concert during a school strike. He coordinates volunteers at community athletics meets and works part-time as web developer for the school board.


Matthew attended SHAD Memorial in July 2016.