Achievement Program

Launched By: 

Amanda Stefanile

$2,820.00 raised of $5,000.00 goal

Runs from: 

Thursday, July 12, 2018 to Tuesday, December 31, 2024

The Achievement Program encourages students to believe in their highest potential and supports their journey into postsecondary education. The Program’s purpose is to open doors for students throughout Northwestern Ontario who may face socioeconomic barriers to a university education.

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.


Achievement Program Donor Impact Report

With your generosity, the Lakehead University Achievement Program has grown to 304 students and thanks to you, the possibility of a postsecondary education for all students in our community is happening.

Please use the button below to view the 2022-2023 Impact Report for Lakehead University’s Achievement Program. The information in this report demonstrates the importance of investing in youth and creating year-round opportunities for personal and academic growth. Thank you for your commitment.


Student Eliza Paul reflected on the impact the Achievement Program has had on her life in a 2018 Globe & Mail article: "It has changed me, sort of changed my life.  It made me have confidence."   Click here to read the full article.

Achievement Program Video:

george gekas
Jake Pittis
Maryann Kleynendorst
in memory of Rob Olivier
Anthony Peotto & Kathie Johnson
Stan Nemec
Darlene Yakimoski HBPHE 77
Vonnie Cheng
James Steele, Faculty of Education
Dr. Don Kerr
Angie Maltese
Ms. Elizabeth Stafford
Cameron Holmstrom
Sandra Blackburn
Vonnie Cheng