When Bream was 17 years old, she enrolled at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She won the Miss Virginia pageant in 1990 while still a student. She then participated in the Miss America pageant in 1991. The scholarship she was awarded helped to pay for the majority of her educational expenses.
Bream obtained a magna cum laude in business management from Liberty University in 1993 before moving back to Tallahassee and enrolling at Florida State University’s law school. As an intern in the US House of Representatives, she worked for Bill McCollum. Later, McCollum advanced to the position of attorney general of Florida.
While attending Florida State University’s law school, she won the Miss Florida USA pageant in 1995 and placed fourth in the Miss USA competition.
Sheldon Bream, the brother of Sid Bream, a former Major League Baseball player, and Shannon are married. Sid bream and Shannon Bream are related.