Shads learning

Fees and Financial Support

The Shad program is a month-long immersion into a world of theory and hands-on STEAM and entrepreneurship modules for highly-driven students that are eager to take on real-world issues.  

More than 19,000 students from across Canada have participated in Shad’s program and many have gone on to start businesses, lead discoveries and make changes in economic and social sectors. 

The deadline for submitting applications has passed.

The Shad2021 program runs from July 5 to July 30 2021.

ShadOnline Program Fee

What’s included:

  • Seminars from world renowned university professors
  • Mentoring and coaching from a highly qualified program director
  • Workshops from business leaders
  • STEAM-based lab fees
  • Academic virtual field trips
  • Social and recreational virtual field trips
  • Community building events
  • Real-World Design challenge
  • Access to university centres

Full and partial bursaries available for participants who demonstrate financial need.  Applicants are invited to request bursary consideration when they apply.

Program Fee*

* For international students, the program fee is $7,000 CDN.

Shad Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, Shad offers an array of full and partial bursaries for students who demonstrate financial need. Last year, Shad granted over $1-million in bursaries. 

“Shad was such a life-changing experience for me. When I went in 2007 I required financial assistance. I always said that once I started working, I will help other students attend Shad if I can. I came from a small town and was very sheltered. Shad introduced me to people of other cultures, pushed me to think outside of the box, and to use my head towards doing something good. I felt that I could finally be my nerdy self instead of hiding my intelligence and enthusiasm for science. Shad inspired me to push myself to be a better student and person. I hope that other students like me can have that experience at Shad.”

Ashley, Wetaskiwin, Alberta

NOTE: All bursary details are released after applications have been submitted. Application information and bursary information are two different processes, as such, financial requirements have no bearing on the selection process.  

Partnership Bursaries

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Pathways to Education
Pathways has 20 community locations across 9 provinces. They work with youth from low-income areas to break the cycle of poverty through education.

Shad awards bursaries to Pathways students selected to attend Shad based on financial need. 

Runs an annual Learning to Lead weekend program for grade 11 girls to discover self, develop confidence and explore their leadership potential.

Shad awards a full bursary to an Indigenous student from the Minerva Learning to Lead program.

Verna J. Kirkness Science and Engineering Education Program
Is committed to increasing the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students graduating from science and engineering programs in Canada.

Shad awards a full bursary for an Indigenous student from the V.J. Kirkness program to attend Shad.

YMCAs of Cambridge and Kitchener-Waterloo
YMCAs of Cambridge & Kitchener-Waterloo work directly with newcomer and immigrant youth, many of whom come from low-income families.

The YMCA offers a full bursary for a student from the YMCA newcomer youth program.

YELL Canada
YELL Canada is a charity that partners with schools to support entrepreneurial learning. Students receive credits towards their high school graduation, and gain experiences that are invaluable for broad-based university applications and admissions.

Shad awards a bursary for a student from the YELL program.

Forum for Young Canadians
Participants interact with parliamentarians and take part in interactive simulations, debates and discussions in a week-long program that leads to a greater understanding of how democratic change occurs.

Shad awards a full bursary for a Forum for Young Canadians alum to attend Shad.

Canada-Wide Science Fair
500 young scientists from across Canada showcase their real-world solutions at Canada-Wide Science Fair.

Shad awards two $1,000 bursaries to Canada-Wide Science Fair participants each year, with a preference for students from rural and remote areas.

FIRST Robotics Canada
FIRST inspires young people to pursue studies and careers in the field of science, technology and engineering.

Shad awards two full bursaries to FIRST Robotics competitors, including one exclusively for an Indigenous student.


VEX Robotics & The Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation:

The REC Foundation’s mission is to increase student interest and involvement in STEM by engaging students in hands-on, affordable, and sustainable robotics engineering program. VEX Robotics as designed to encourage creativity in problem solving  and harness the excitement of building robots to immerse learners in STEM.

Shad awards a bursary for a VEX Robotics competitor.


Fundraising Opportunities

Many Shad students put their entrepreneurial spirit to work and develop fundraising campaigns to support their Shad program fee.  

Some successful places to start:

  • Shad accepts HigherEd Points: family and friends can exchange travel points for dollars towards the program fee
  • Organizations: clubs, musical affiliations, volunteer organizations
  • Educational Communities: Board of Education, school board, principal, teachers, classmates, school clubs
  • Religious Community: religious leaders, congregations, community 
  • Work Contacts: supervisors, coworkers, staff
  • Businesses: local merchants, banks, supermarkets, law firms, realty firms, insurance companies, auto dealers
  • Service Organizations: Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Optimists Clubs, Civitan Clubs