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 www.knowledgefirstfinancial.ca in early 2020.
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.
ScholarshipsCanada.com 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.
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Manager, Communications & Public Relations
Knowledge First Financial Inc.