Post-secondary education opens doors to a bright tomorrow

Knowledge First Financial Graduate Scholarship Awards valued at $120,000 for ten outstanding students

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Aug. 1, 2017 /CNW/ - 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



Area of Study


Amrit Sampalli

MD Program, University of Toronto


Dirk Chisholm

Doctor of Medicine, University of Alberta


Walter Jothiraj

Master of Engineering, McGill University


Chelsey Ju

Master of Science, McGill University


Richard Xu

Doctor of Medicine, McMaster University


Zoha Anjum

Master of Public Health, McMaster University


Simran Benipal

MD Program, University of Toronto


Jasmine Dionne

Master of Indigenous Governance, University of Victoria


Rachel Ginsberg

Master of Social Work, University of Toronto


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.

SOURCE Knowledge First Financial Inc.

For further information: Morgan Murphy, Smithcom Limited, Tel: 416-626-2143,


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