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Students from Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Vancouver, Ottawa and Kingston to attend Shad program this July.

April 11, 2018 (TORONTO) – A new partnership between Shad and Pathways to Education Canada will see 14 youth leaders from low-income communities attend the award-winning STEAM (science, tech, engineering, arts and math) based program this summer for the first time.  The students will receive a full bursary including travel to attend the program.

“We are pleased to partner with Shad to provide 14 Pathways students with the opportunity to experience Shad’s award-winning, immersive-learning program, and are grateful for Shad’s commitment to helping us close the opportunity gap for students in low-income communities across the country,” says Sue Gillespie, President and CEO, Pathways to Education Canada. “The skills that these Pathways students will develop during their summer at Shad will support them in strengthening their core competencies and building a foundation for future success.”

“We have expanded our program to a record 16 host universities impacting more than 900 students.  We partnered with Pathways to help us find students who may not have known how accessible our program is for them and for whom Shad will hopefully serve to be transformational,” says Tim Jackson, President and CEO, Shad. He adds, “We set out to offer five full scholarships, but the quality of candidates was so high, and thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have almost tripled that.” 

There are five Pathways students from Toronto, three from Hamilton, two from Kingston, one from Ottawa, one from Vancouver, and two from Kitchener.

Interviews are available with: Sue Gillespie, President and CEO, Pathways to Education Canada, and Tim Jackson, President and CEO, Shad

To coordinate, please contact:
Teddy Katz, Shad, (647) 505-8095 or
Colleen Ryan, Pathways to Education Canada, (416) 646-0123 x 503,

About SHAD
Shad produces leaders for Canada through its award-winning, life-changing, pan-Canadian enrichment platform for high school students. Every year, Shad helps 900 young Canadians tap into their full potential through an innovative month-long program at one of 16 partner university campuses. There, students apply STEAM (science-tech-engineering-arts-math) disciplines to real-life public policy and entrepreneurial challenges, forging insights and valuable relationships for life. Among its thriving global network of 16,300 Shad Fellows and innovators are 32 Rhodes Scholars, 88 Loran Scholars, and 44 Schulich Leaders

About Pathways to Education
Pathways to Education is a national, charitable organization working to make Canada a Graduation Nation. Partnering with dedicated organizations in low-income communities, Pathways supports youth to graduate from high school and achieve their full potential. Our award-winning combination of academic, financial, social, and one-on-one supports continues to successfully break the cycle of poverty through the power of education. Visit to learn more.

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