Knowledge First Student Awards

At Knowledge First Financial, we love to see our students go on to achieve great things. Through our Foundation, we are proud to support students through their post-secondary journeys, providing them with financial awards to help them as they enter a world of opportunity.

Each year, we offer 60 financial awards to eligible students, worth a total value of $200,000!

These financial awards are available exclusively to Knowledge First and Heritage beneficiaries who are currently pursuing post-secondary studies. To recognize historically underrepresented groups, Knowledge First will grant awards through a lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Awards are offered across three categories to support all paths.

Undergraduate Study Awards: $2,500

Knowledge First offers undergraduate awards for students who are entering or are currently enrolled in post-secondary undergraduate studies. Twenty scholarships valued at $2,500 each will be awarded to students demonstrating community involvement, passion for education and vision. Adjudication criteria focuses on financial need, personal statements and academic accomplishments.

Graduate Study Awards: $5,000

As in previous years, Knowledge First offers awards to students who are continuing their education at the graduate level. Twenty financial awards, valued at $5,000, are available to exceptional students that have achieved great things in academics, illustrated passion within their field of study and demonstrated a commitment towards community involvement. Adjudication criteria focuses on academic accomplishment, financial need, references, and personal statements.

Skilled Trade Awards: $2,500

Did you know that you can use your RESP savings to learn how to become a skilled tradesperson? Knowledge First offers twenty financial awards, valued at $2,500 each, for those who have a desire to further their interest in a particular skilled trade, achieved great skills in school and demonstrated a commitment towards community involvement. Adjudication criteria focuses on financial need, personal statements, and academic accomplishment.

2021 Undergraduate Winners

Ansia Sivakumaran

Ansia Sivakumaran

Concord ON

Bachelor of Commerce

Ayush Gupta

Ayush Gupta

Gloucester ON

Aeronautical Engineering

Danny Astle

Danny Astle

Edmonton, AB

Bachelor of Science with Specialization in Computer Science

Elisabeth Pickart

Elisabeth Pickart

Ketch Harbour, NB

Open Acadia/Class Afloat

Evan Xie

Evan Xie

Milton, ON

Medical Sciences

Farah Fatima

Farah Fatima

Scarborough, ON

Social Work (BSW)

Hardiv Patel

Hardiv Patel

Brampton, ON

Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences

Jessica Chu

Jessica Chu

Scarborough, ON

Bachelor of Science in Physics and Bachelor of Education Concurrently

Juliana Angel

Juliana Angel

North Vancouver, BC

Engineering (Applied Science)

Marissa Clarke

Marissa Clarke

Richmond Hil, ON

B.A., Honours Double Major, Criminology & Psychology

Muhammad Momin Chaudhry

Muhammad Momin Chaudhry

Brampton, ON

Bachelor of Applied Science (Mechatronics Engineering)

Oreoluwa Olopade

Oreoluwa Olopade

Edmonton, AB

Bachelor of Science Specialization: Pharmacology

Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith

Clarenville, NL

Undergraduate Doctor of Medicine

Ruhani Walia

Ruhani Walia

Brampton, ON

Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Economics and Psychology/Poli-Sci

Sanaz Lordfard

Sanaz Lordfard

Thornhill, ON

Medical Sciences

Sarah Daniel

Sarah Daniel

Edmonton, AB

BSc in Chemistry

Sophia Hou

Sophia Hou

Richmond Hill, ON

BASc Applied Human Nutrition and Dietetics

Tina	Zou

Tina Zou

Markham, ON

BCom (Bachelors of Commerce) (Business)

Yixiao Chen

Yixiao Chen

Richmond Hill, ON

Bachelor of Health Sciences

Zachary Rodgers

Zachary Rodgers

Lions Head, ON

Bachelor of Industrial Design

2021 Skilled Trades Winners

Alexane Bellemare

Alexane Bellemare

Gatineau, QC

Fashion Designer (full time, 2 years)

Brady Power

Brady Power

Conception Bay South, NL

Sheet Metal Worker

Brayden Kovarsky

Brayden Kovarsky

Vaughn, ON

Computer Systems Technician program

Camille Duperreault

Camille Duperreault

Regina, SK

Carpentry

Dylan Doiron

Dylan Doiron

Caraquet, NB

Administration

Emmaline Penner

Emmaline Penner

St Thomas, ON

Fire Science

G Myles Farnsworth

G Myles Farnsworth

Pictou, NB

Diploma

Hannah Meier

Hannah Meier

Stony Plain, AB

Denturist Technology, Business Administration

James Bond

James Bond

Blenheim, ON

Electricity Dual credit / Pre-Apprentice truck and coach technician

Joelle Powe

Joelle Powe

Kingston, Jamaica

Bachelor of Arts Degree Program in Anthropology

Josiah Sklar

Josiah Sklar

Aigueblanche

Paramedic

Mackenzie Coles

Mackenzie Coles

Leduc, AB

Heavy Equipment Technician

Marie-Pier Gendron

Marie-Pier Gendron

Saint-Anaclet, QC

Baccalauréat in kinesiology

Maxwell J. Krabben

Nathaniel Hartley

Nathaniel Hartley

Sudbury, ON

Industrial Millwright Technician (IMTN)

Riley Benville

Riley Benville

Alton, ON

Modéliste internationale du vêtement

Tristen Ching

Tristen Ching

Souris, MB

Construction Electrical

Tyler Ayettey

Tyler Ayettey

Orleans, ON

Red Seal in General General Carpentry Program

Wesley Ashley

Wesley Ashley

Zacharia	Flint

Zacharia Flint

Roblin, MB

1st year electrical apprenticeship

2021 Skilled Trades Winners

Amélie Légaré

Amélie Légaré

Québec, QC

Maîtrise en médecine moléculaire - avec mémoire (M. Sc.)

Andie Blankenstein

Andie Blankenstein

Toronto, ON

Masters of Science in Bioethics

Aria	Shokoohi

Aria Shokoohi

West Vancouver, BC

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Carrie Williams

Carrie Williams

Sherwood Park, AB

Masters in Education

Claudia Nieuwland

Claudia Nieuwland

Minesing, ON

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Doreen Sangaraganesan

Doreen Sangaraganesan

Woodbridge, ON

Masters of Public Health

Harleen Hehar

Harleen Hehar

Surrey, BC

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Hilary Trask

Hilary Trask

Sydney, NS

MSc Physiotherapy

Jake Brill

Jake Brill

Richmond Hill, ON

Masters in Biochemistry with an Astrobiology Specialization

Joy Wang

Joy Wang

Penticton, BC

Graduate program in Biomedical Engineering

Julianah Oluwafunmilayo Oguntala

Julianah Oluwafunmilayo Oguntala

Guelph, ON

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Khushmanjot Pamma

Khushmanjot Pamma

Mississauga, ON

Doctor of Optometry

Marina Angel

Marina Angel

North Vancouver, BC

Engineering (Applied Science)

Mathieu Barnes

Mathieu Barnes

London, ON

Occupational Therapy

Mianchen Wang

Mianchen Wang

Toronto, ON

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Piremiya Thayanantham

Piremiya Thayanantham

Québec, QC

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Rutvij Khanolkar

Rutvij Khanolkar

Calgary, AB

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

Tony Fan

Tony Fan

Vancouver, BC

Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)

Tripat Sandhu

Tripat Sandhu

Abbotsford, BC

Juris Doctor

William Zhuo-Ming Li

William Zhuo-Ming Li

Cupertino, CA

Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)