Dream It. Believe It. Achieve It.

The Achievement Program is Lakehead University’s commitment to supporting access to post-secondary education by providing an opportunity to potential future students who experience socioeconomic barriers to obtaining post-secondary education.

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"It’s about giving young people the opportunity to realize their dreams"

How the Program Works

Lakehead University partners with local and regional school boards to enroll students in grade four who face socioeconomic barriers to postsecondary education.  Students continue with the program until grade twelve, and they have annual opportunities to earn financial support by completing specific requirements at their school, community and Lakehead University. 

Upon completion of a high school diploma or an equivalency certificate, the accrued financial support will fund each participant's first year at Lakehead University (to the equivalent of first year tuition and ancillary fees to an undergraduate program of their choice.) Participants can also use this financial support for other education-related expenses. 

In addition to meeting specific annual requirements, students and their families are also provided with year-round programming and support.

The Achievement Program helps students build confidence and provides them with the tools to pursue their dreams.

Read the 2021-2022 Family Report

Nevaeh Matthews, achievement program student standing in front of Indigenous artwork"The Achievement Program means success to me. I have earned financial support toward university by being enrolled in this program. I have always been leaning towards social work with children. Since I've been in the Achievement Program, I know for sure I'd like to take a Social Work program at one of Lakehead University's campuses."

- Nevaeh Matthews, Grade 11



5 students attending Lakehead
308 students enrolled in 14 recruitment schools across 5 school boards


Achievement Through Education

Students are more likely to attend university if they believe it's an optionYour support of The Achievement Program ensures Lakehead University can provide access to post-secondary education, as well as provide students with yearly programming that builds the confidence and skills needed to achieve academic success on their educational journey. Through early engagement and encouragement of regular academic, recreational and community engagement, school and family-based support systems, and a familiarity with Lakehead University from an early age, our hope is that students in our program will perceive post-secondary education as achievable and accessible.

Participating Students and their Families are Provided with:

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