CST Graduate Award winner Simon Beshara

When asked about his future in medicine, Simon emphasizes the importance of being both a physician and a scientist; “Classically, academia and medicine have been on two different tracks: You had people who went into treating people based on what we know, and you had people who dedicated their lives to helping us know more.  As medicine and research evolved, we realized that we need people to do both because it’s those practitioners who see what people need who are the ones best placed to find where we can go next.  So, there’s a big push for this sort of physician-scientist balanc

CST Graduate Award winner Ruth Lebel-Almaw

Ruth Lebel-Almaw knows her future will be realized in the field. She will travel and discover, learn more, see more and do more.  Through her lens, the world is massive and culture is everywhere. She wants to be part of making meaningful change.  With the help her Elizabeth B. Wright Award from the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, Ruth will attain a Master's in Development Practice from the University of Waterloo in which she will gain professional training on how to better identify and address the challenges of extreme poverty and sustainable development. 

CST Graduate Award winner Natasha Goncharenko

For Natasha, the future is limitless. She is excited about the options that await her as she embarks on her Master’s Degree in Clinical Science in Speech Language Pathology at Queen’s University.  She keeps an open mind when thinking about which areas within her field she will focus on, but she is sure about one thing – she will combine all that she will learn with the latest and greatest tools to give people a voice, quite literally.

Launched in 2014, CST has a paid summer intern program for CST beneficiaries. We asked them to share their experiences of pursuing a post-secondary degree and how having a CST RESP helped them complete their academic aspirations without worrying about financial debt.

This is Calvin’s story:

One-hundred-thousand-dollars.  Would you believe that’s the price tag that can come with a 4-year University degree while living away from home?

Sounds daunting doesn’t it?  Well Calvin has a very optimistic approach to the financial burden.  

One of the greatest gifts we can give our kids is the gift of education: making a plan when they are young to be able to help fund their education after high school.

With just a little savvy spending and saving on our part throughout their childhood, we can offer them the ability to pursue a post-secondary education of their choice and dreams, relieve them of the burden of debt to pay for that education, and open up more opportunities for knowledge and career paths.

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