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Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards now available

Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards now available

May 1, 2017

MISSISSAUGA, ON – May 1, 2017 – Knowledge First Financial Inc., a leading Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) provider, is pleased to launch the Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards program. Access to the ten scholarships, worth a total of $120,000, is made possible by a new online application created in partnership with, the country’s largest aggregator of scholarship and bursary information for students.

These awards are an extension of the company’s belief that financial support makes a huge difference to student success, especially for those pursuing graduate studies. The prospect of acquiring debt can be a very real obstacle and financial support can make all the difference.

“Scholarships are an important part of making post-secondary education a reality,” said George Hopkinson, President & CEO, Knowledge First Financial Inc. “I am extremely pleased to introduce this new scholarship program as another way of demonstrating a broader commitment to helping students succeed.”

“We welcomed the opportunity to partner with a like-minded company to help students attend the school of their choice, without being limited by the cost,” said Chris Wilkins, Founder and CEO, “Each year, close to $3 million of scholarships do not receive any applicants or go unclaimed. We believe the online application created for the Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards is an important first step to making it easier for students to access scholarship funding.”

The Knowledge First Financial Scholarship Awards consist of:

  • Five open scholarships, including a top award of $15,000
  • Five scholarships, including the Arnold Edinborough Award valued at $25,000, designated for student beneficiaries of a Knowledge First Financial RESP

Students who will be entering their first-year of full-time graduate studies this fall are encouraged to apply. For more information go to The deadline to apply is June 12, 2017.

About Knowledge First Financial

Canadian families have relied on education savings plans offered by Knowledge First Financial for more than 50 years. Today, the company manages $3.62 billion in assets on behalf of more than 250,000 customers. Since 1965, payments from the plans have reached $3.6 billion and the Knowledge First Foundation has further enhanced Education Assistance Payments to students by nearly $50 million.

Knowledge First Financial Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation and is the investment fund manager, administrator and distributor of Registered Education Savings Plans. Knowledge First Foundation is a not-for-profit Canadian corporation with no share capital. The Foundation is therefore able to reinvest excess revenues in initiatives that support student success.

About is part of the SchoolFinder Group and is dedicated to helping students realize their dreams. This free-of-charge website has been helping students find scholarships and bursaries since 1997. The site matches students to more than 85,000 scholarships listed - worth over $193 million.

For more information

Jo-Anne Wong
Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Knowledge First Financial Inc.
Tel: 905-270-8777, ext. 4247

Lauren Lord
Digital Account Coordinator
SchoolFinder Group
Tel: (416) 494-3343 ext. 210