Knowledge First Financial graduate scholarships to help students make a difference

11 Scholarships Worth a Combined $120,000 awarded in 2019 for a Total of $1.6 Million to Date

Mississauga, ON (July 23, 2019) – Canada’s largest RESP Company, Knowledge First Financial, knows first hand that education savings help students succeed. As an extension of this belief, the company offers scholarships to students who are continuing their education at the graduate level as they pursue a dream of making a difference in the world.

Whether it’s through finding ways to keep classical music relevant, educating society on how science helps solve important social issues, shaping social frameworks to advocate for underrepresented individuals in our society, or acting on a deeply rooted concern for the health and mental wellness of others – these students agree: education paves the road to their definition of success.

“Each application we receive is a source of inspiration for the work Knowledge First Financial does, and we review each one with care,” said George Hopkinson, President and CEO, Knowledge First Financial. “These individuals, selected from nearly 500 applicants this year, help reaffirm our commitment to inspiring students to achieve their education dreams through savings and through scholarships. Congratulations to each recipient of this year’s awards.”

This year’s scholarships are awarded to eleven exceptional students who have achieved great things in academics and in their community through volunteerism or athletics. Their stories are captured in the Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarships 2019 presentation.

Roxana Militaru $25,000 Doctor of Dental Surgery, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry,
University of Western Ontario
Jacob Bennett $15,000 Juris Doctor – Common Law, York University
Laurie Chartrand $10,000 Master in Development Studies,
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies
Lina Elfaki $10,000 Doctor of Medicine, University of Toronto
Andy Le $10,000 FRCCPC, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Alberta
Colter Long $5,000 Master of Education, Counselling & Psychology
University of British Columbia
Na’Shantéa Miller $10,000 Master of Public Policy, Harvard University
Stephanie Rak $5,000 Master of Science, Marketing & Consumer Studies
University of Guelph
Chantal Riel $10,000 Master of Counseling & Spirituality, Université St-Paul
Linda Ruan $10,000 Master of Piano, Performance, The Julliard School
Dan Zhang $10,000 Master of Science, University of Calgary

The Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarships are offered to students entering first-year of graduate studies. The program is promoted in partnership with ScholarshipsCanada, the country’s largest aggregator of scholarship and bursary information. Details about next year’s program will be available at in early 2020.

About Knowledge First Financial

Canadian families have relied on education savings plans offered by Knowledge First Financial for more than 50 years. Since 1965, payments from our Plans have reached $7.5 billion. Over the last 15 years, Knowledge First Foundation has further enhanced Education Assistance Payments to students by over $53 million. As at April 30, 2019, the company manages $6.4 billion in assets for more than 500,000 RESPs.

Knowledge First Financial Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Knowledge First 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. The Foundation reinvests 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.