Is your child looking to unleash their potential and join a lifelong network? You're in the right place.
SHAD is a 27-day STEAM and entrepreneurship based enrichment program where participants live at a host university campus outside their hometown while engaging in experiential learning, sociocultural activities and community building. Through lectures, workshops, labs and team projects, students learn by doing and leave inspired, unleashed and connected with like-minded youth from across the country. Your child will get a taste of university life living on campus at one of our 17 Canadian host universities while delving into a variety of topics under the guidance of renowned professionals and university professors. At SHAD, we empower exceptional youth to recognize their potential as leaders and change makers.
At SHAD, we look beyond academic performance to see potential in youth – we are seeking youth who are curious about the world around them, community-minded, creative and engaged. SHAD is for youth who want to use their abilities to bring about real, positive change.
SHAD is not the best month of their life, it’s the best month FOR their life and it’s a month that lasts a lifetime. Upon completion of the program, your child will become a lifelong member of our impressive SHAD network. With a growing total of 17,000+ alumni, it includes 32 Rhodes Scholars, 56 Schulich Leaders, 88 Loran Scholars as well as prominent entrepreneurs, industry leaders and accomplished professionals. They will also receive the SHAD Fellow designation, which is recognized and valued by universities, scholarship providers and employers.
The SHAD program is designed for high school students (currently completing grade 10, 11 or 12; Quebec Secondaire IV, V and CEGEP I; or equivalent international qualifications). The application deadline for the program is in late November. The selection process is competitive. Applicants are assessed on several factors including academics, extracurricular activities, creativity/innovation and commitment to excellence. SHADs are leaders in their schools, volunteers in their communities, and are often gifted musicians, artists and athletes.
All students are welcome to apply and there is no limit to the number of students accepted to the program from any school, school board or region. Financial assistance is available.