Shannen’s Dream Scholarship
Applications Open: Deadline March 31, 2023
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.
The Shannen’s Dream Scholarship is an 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.
For 2023, the Caring Society is pleased to announce that four Shannen’s Dream scholarships will be awarded, two in the amount of $5000 and two in the amount of $2500.
Information and Eligibility
The scholarship is open to First Nations youth who meet the following eligibility criteria:
- 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.
Please don't hesitate to contact us with questions!