Shannen's Dream Scholarship

Nomination closing date

January 31, 2022 - 11:45pm EST

The Shannen’s Dream Scholarship is named in honour of Shannen Koostachin, a courageous young leader from Attawapiskat First Nation who sparked a national movement for safe and comfy schools for First Nations students. Learn more about Shannen and her legacy here.

The Shannen’s Dream Scholarship is a $2500 award to assist First Nations youth with post-secondary education costs (university, college, trades). As a “pay-it-forward” scholarship, winners must make a fair and measurable contribution to the Shannen’s Dream campaign or related First Nations initiative as a condition of receiving the award. The Shannen’s Dream Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation from the Collure family from Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Information and eligibility:

  • Open to First Nations youth 30 years old and under.
  • Must be enrolled in a post-secondary program (university, college or trade school) with a duration of no less than 13 weeks.
  • Consideration criteria: 1) the recipient contributes to their First Nations community (urban or rural) and, 2) demonstrates academic or extra-curricular accomplishments at school, such as taking part in clubs or sports teams.
  • "Pay-it-forward" requirement: The recipient agrees to make a fair and measurable contribution to Shannen’s Dream or a related First Nations initiative as a condition of the award. The recipient must agree to provide the scholarship committee with details of their contribution within one year of receiving the award.
  • This is a one-time award not renewable to past recipients.
  • Financial need will be considered.

How to apply:

Submit your package using the online application form, or use the PDF form located below and apply by email to We are encouraging folks to submit their applications through email rather than mail due to new COVID-19 requirements, as of January 5, 2022. However, we will still accept applications sent by mail.    

Please check your application package carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered. While we appreciate all applications, as a small organization, we can only contact the successful applicant. 

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