Is the program running virtually in 2021?

Yes! Shad2021 will be hosted at 16 virtual partner university campuses across the country. 

What are the dates for the Shad 2021 program?

The dates are July 5 to July 30, 2021.  All programs will run Monday to Friday (weekends free) from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time.

How much does the ShadOnline 2021 program cost?

The program fee is $3,200 CDN (International Fee is $7,000 CDN).

Are bursaries available to assist with program fees?

Yes!  Shad offers an array of full and partial bursaries to participants who have demonstrated the most financial need.  Applicants are invited to request bursary consideration when they apply.

Why is the cost $3200?

The Shad2021 virtual program provides a unique opportunity for students to access university academics, STEAM content and hands-on learning experiences that go way beyond the high school curriculum.  Participants will have access to community connections with students from across Canada, coaching and guidance from experienced mentors and team participation in our signature STEAM design challenge.

Participants who successfully complete Shad’s program will also become part of the Shad alumni network which has over 19,000 graduates to date.

How is it different from online school?

We offer an enrichment opportunity that focuses on the intellectual and emotional development of exceptional young people with hopes that they move forward and improve the world we live in.

The Shad2021 virtual program provides a unique opportunity for students to access university academics, STEAM and entrepreneurship content and hands-on learning experiences that go way beyond the high school curriculum.  Participants will have access to community connections with students from across Canada, coaching and guidance from experienced mentors and team participation in our signature STEAM design challenge.

Why are you making the decision now?

It is apparent that the end of the pandemic is unknown and returning to the world as we know it is not in our immediate future.  The one thing that we do know is that our Shad2020 online pilot project was a huge success and participants thrived throughout the experience.  In true Shad fashion, we wish to build on the 2020 success and make it even better.  We don’t know what the world will look like in the summer of 2021, but we do know that we can plan and deliver an exceptional STEAM and entrepreneurship program that is catching the attention of learning institutions across the country.

Who can apply?

High School students currently completing Grade 10, 11 (Secondaire IV, V in Quebec) or the international equivalent are eligible to apply.

How do you apply to the Shad program?

Students complete an online application which you may access by clicking here.

Note:  Admission into the Shad program is competitive, therefore applicants need to put their best effort forward when completing the application.

What types of things are asked on the application form?

Applicants complete a profile, answer questions, upload an academic transcript, provide a reference, and complete an optional bursary request.

For more application details, click here.

What criteria is considered in the selection process?

Applicants are assessed on several factors all of which take into account their individual circumstances and situation. These factors include academics, extracurricular activities (i.e. volunteerism, part-time work, family care responsibilities) creativity, innovation and commitment to excellence.

What is the minimum academic average that is needed to apply?

There is no cut-off average for applying. 

Does a school need to nominate applicants?

No, we do not require a school nomination for a student to be eligible to apply. 

When is the application due?

Applications are due on Monday, December 7, 2020, 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

When will students know if they have been selected to attend the program?

All applicants will be informed of their status in late February 2021.  Bursary decisions are included at that time.

Do I pay the program fee all at once?

No. When an offer is made, applicants submit a $500 deposit to secure their spot in the program.  The remainder of payment is made in two separate installments.

Do students get to choose which virtual campus they attend?

Successful applicants will be asked to submit their preferences for campus placement at the time they accept their offer.

Is there any difference in the program provided at the Shad virtual campuses?

The Shad experience at every virtual campus will include an immersive program of lectures, workshops, projects and activities that builds on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math), introducing participants to a multi-disciplinary approach.

Is any special technology required to participate?

Technology requirements are similar to those required by secondary school boards including reliable internet access and a computer/Chromebook with working microphone and video capabilities.

Shad will do its best to work with participants that require technological support so they can participate in the program.

What commitment is required to attend the program?

Shad’s success depends on the community of Shads at each campus.  If accepted into the Shad program, participants must commit to attending and actively participating Monday – Friday, from 11 am – 5 pm, Eastern Time.  The ONLY exceptions for absenteeism will be for medical or family emergencies or for accommodation required under applicable Human Rights legislation.

What should I do if I require accommodation under Human Rights legislation?

Students may make a request for accommodation under Human Rights Legislation at any point in the Shad process, whether in the application phase or after accepting a spot in the program.  Requests can also be sent to info@shad.ca

How are students supervised throughout the program?

A program team member is online with students to ensure the safety and well-being of all.

Who delivers the campus programs?

Well-qualified team members ensure that all aspects of the experience – academic, logistical and social – exceed every expectation.  They teach from their passion, not from a curriculum.

These dedicated team members have excellent credentials and many are top-rated university professors.  Volunteers from all areas of the university and business community add to the mix to create a dynamic experience.  All team members and volunteers subscribe to the highest code of conduct as defined and maintained by Shad Canada.

Is the Shad program fee tax deductible?

The Shad program fee is NOT tax deductible.

Will Shad 2021 participants be admitted into the Shad Alumni Network?

Yes, all participants who successfully complete the program will be a Shad Alumni and benefit from belonging to such an esteemed network of like-minded individuals.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at info@shad.ca