Chidi Okarah is among just a few dozen youth Canada-wide to be named a 2021 Loran Scholar, in recognition of her extensive community involvement and volunteer work. Okarah is the latest student from the Surrey School District to be named a Loran Scholar, one of up to 36 students across the country who are chosen each year to receive a scholarship worth $100,000.
The foundation recognises promising young Canadians based on integrity, courage, compassion, grit and a high level of personal autonomy. Okarah was recognised for her work as the environmental coordinator on the BC Youth Council, making efforts to reduce single-use plastics in her community, including local restaurants.
She was also recognized for engaging other youth as a student council executive, furthering African culture and cultural identity with the African Stages Association of BC. Congratulations to this young Nigerian!