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The Lang Scholar Program

Just as the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship recognizes extraordinary leadership potential, so too will the Lang Scholar Program at Upper Canada College. This unprecedented program honours an unprecedented gift. It’s the College’s way of recognizing Stu Lang ’70 and his $11-million donation — a leadership gift to the $100-million Think Ahead campaign.

Each year up to 15 scholars — soon to be tomorrow’s change-makers — will walk in the footsteps of this remarkable alumnus. Although there’s no financial award tied to this honours program, each year’s Lang Scholars will receive access to unique enrichment opportunities, complete with leadership training conferences, guest speakers, activities and more. In turn, they’re expected to contribute to College life through mentorship of younger athletes and additional community service.

Lang’s gift is the largest single donation in Canadian independent school history. The Lang Scholar Program is destined to be equally game-changing. Lang, who was involved in early discussions about the shape of the program, envisioned it as an opportunity to acknowledge and recognize current student achievement. He also saw the program as an ideal tool to attract high-calibre students to UCC and celebrate their demonstrated excellence.

It’s UCC’s highest hope that this community of Lang Scholars — “all-rounders” who embody the athletic, character and academic achievements of Lang — will evolve as a force in their own right to lead, mentor, inspire, achieve and maintain a vital link to the College after graduation.

UCC’s Vice Principal of Enrolment Management, David McBride, administers the Lang Scholar Program.

UCC would like you to meet the young student-athletes who are already making a difference to their school, to the teams they play for and to the peers they inspire. The Herbert Mason Medal (for “moral courage”) and the Lorne Mackenzie Award (for overall distinction) are presented at Prize Day each year, and recipients of those awards were joined for the first time in 2013 by the inaugural Lang Scholars.

You’ll notice as you read the recipients’ profiles that they’re accomplished in all they set out to do. As the Lang Scholars Program unfolds, so will these student-athletes’ accomplishments. Keep an eye on them. They’re going places.