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Post-secondary education opens doors to a bright tomorrow

Aug 1, 2017

Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards valued at $120,000 for ten outstanding students
Post-secondary education opens doors to a bright tomorrow

MISSISSAUGA, ON – Aug. 1, 2017 – Knowledge First Financial Inc. is pleased to announce the 2017 Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Award recipients. More than 1,500 students expressed interest in the awards, made available through 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. The prospect of acquiring debt can be a very real obstacle and financial support can make all the difference, especially for those pursuing graduate studies.
Congratulations to each scholarship recipient.
2017 Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards
Award Name Area of Study
$25,000 Amrit Sampalli MD Program, University of Toronto
$15,000 Dirk Chisholm Doctor of Medicine, University of Alberta
$10,000 Walter Jothiraj Master of Engineering, McGill University
$10,000 Chelsey Ju Master of Science, McGill University
$10,000 Richard Xu Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University
$10,000 Zoha Anjum Master of Public Health, McMaster University
$10,000 Simran Benipal MD Program, University of Toronto
$10,000  Jasmine Dionne  Master of Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria
$10,000 Rachel Ginsberg  Master of Social Work, University of Toronto
$10,000  Zahra Khaleshi Master of Clinical Psychology, McMaster University

 “These students tell an inspiring story of achievement and commitment to making difference,” said George Hopkinson, President and CEO, Knowledge First Financial Inc., “With such promising careers ahead, we can clearly see how educated young people continue to play a major role in the future prosperity of our communities and country. On behalf of Knowledge First Financial, congratulations to each scholarship recipient.”
The Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards are offered to students entering first-year of graduate studies who have a strong record of achievement and involvement in academics, athletics, community service and volunteer activities. Details about next year’s program will be available at in early 2018.

About Knowledge First Financial
Canadian families have relied on education savings plans offered by Knowledge First Financial for over 50 years. Today, the company manages $3.72 billion in assets on behalf of more than 250,000 customers. Since 1965, payments from the plans have reached $3.9 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.