Bream started attending Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, when she was 17 years old. While still a student, she won the Miss Virginia pageant in 1990. She then competed in the Miss America 1991 pageant and came in the top 10. Her college studies were largely funded by the scholarship she received.
Bream returned to Tallahassee and enrolled in law school at Florida State University after receiving a Business Management degree, magna cum laude, from Liberty University in 1993.
She served as Bill McCollum’s intern in the US House of Representatives. Later, McCollum rose to become Florida’s attorney general. She won the Miss Florida USA pageant in 1995 while attending Florida State’s law school, and she finished fourth in the Miss USA 1995 competition. Shannon is currently 51 years old. She will turn 52 on 23rd December 2022.