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Ten outstanding students receive $120,000 in Postgraduate Awards to pursue their academic dreams

Gaëlle Cyr of Montreal, Quebec receives top award

Ten outstanding students receive $120,000 in Postgraduate Awards to pursue their academic dreams

Aug 17, 2016

Mississauga, ON (Aug. 17, 2016) – For students aspiring to pursue graduate studies, the prospect of acquiring debt can be a very real obstacle. The road can be long and tough and sometimes financial support makes all the difference. Knowledge First Foundation recognizes this challenge and offers postgraduate awards to students who have benefitted from its RESP plans. To date, $1.3 million in Postgraduate Awards has been offered and in 2016, ten students received $120,000 in recognition of their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to community.

Top award winner Gaëlle Cyr is looking forward to a future of helping improve the quality of life of the victims of sexual assault. This is a serious calling and one which the Montreal-born graduate of the Université de Montréal is working tirelessly toward. During her undergraduate studies, Gaëlle took on numerous challenges as a research intern and volunteer crisis counsellor – all while maintaining a 4.2 out of 4.3 grade point average. Now, as a PhD candidate in psychology at the Université de Québec à Montréal, she is poised to fulfill her ambition. In recognition of Gaëlle’s commitment to academic excellence and the many ways she has helped restore the lives of those who have suffered childhood sexual abuse, she is receiving a $25,000 award from Knowledge First Foundation.

Congratulations to each of the 2016 Postgraduate Award recipients:

Award Student Name Area of postgraduate study
$25,000 Gaëlle Cyr Doctorate in Psychology
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
$15,000 Chen Jin Doctor of Medicine
  • University of Alberta
$10,000 Madeleine Bondy Master of Public Health
  • University of Toronto
$10,000 Daniel Bu Doctor of Medicine
  • Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
$10,000 Youjin Oh Doctor of Medicine
  • Queen’s University
$10,000 Kailey Owens Master of Occupational Therapy
  • University of Alberta
$10,000 Nisha Kansal Doctor of Medicine
  • McMaster University
$10,000 Brittany McEachern Master of Physical Therapy
  • University of Toronto
$10,000 Zihang Pan Master of Medical Science
  • University of Toronto
$10,000 Myriam Ferron Doctor of Dental Surgery
  • Dalhousie University

“On behalf of the Postgraduate Award Committee, I offer sincere congratulations to each student who received awards,” said George Hopkinson, President & CEO, Knowledge First Financial. “These students have already accomplished so much -- both in the class and in the community. Knowledge First Financial is proud to play a part in helping students continue their academic journey and achieve their dreams.”

Postgraduate Award winners are selected on the basis of their outstanding academic achievement and contributions to community.

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