Since elementary school, 17-year-old Aidan Harold has been giving back to his community, any way he could. He devoted his spare time to soup kitchens. He co-founded his school’s Model United Nations Club. He led the Niagara Catholic District School Board school senate as Co-Chair.
And now, that effort has paid off. The 17-year-old was recently awarded one of Canada’s top scholarship honours and $100,000, the Loran Scholarship.
“To simply define Aidan as a ‘fine young man with a tremendous future’ would still be an understatement,” said John Crocco, Education Director, Niagara Catholic District School Board.
“Aidan exemplifies each one of the qualities the Loran Scholars Foundation seeks, and much more.”
The path hasn’t always been easy for Aidan. In 2008, Aidan’s 22-year-old brother Owen died tragically in a car accident. Aidan decided to honour his brother’s vibrant memory by organizing an annual music festival.
Called Owenpalooza, the festival raises money for a Notre Dame High School scholarship and a random act of kindness fund. Founded in 2009, the festival continues to draw hundreds each year to the Club Richelieu on River Road, Welland, Ont. Previous line-ups have included performers like Hollerado, USS, The Bends and Katey Gatta.
Thirty-one students in Canada take home the award each year.
Students like Aidan reinforce the vital work of our communities. We continue to produce top academic and community-minded graduates, building our future leaders.
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More information on Owenpalooza can be found here: http://owenpalooza.com/