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This blog was written by Peter Lewis.  Peter is the Vice President at Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation and was active in securing the Alberta Centennial Education Savings grant  nearly a decade ago. 

With a new government poised to lead Alberta, it’s a good time for the newly elected premier to reflect on what matters most to families.  Is it education, health, financial well being, or all of the above?  Whatever it may be, last night’s election results showed Albertans wanted change.

Grad Awards Winners

It feels like I graduated from university just yesterday. In reality, it’s been almost 5 years since I swapped my notebooks and textbooks for a briefcase and entered the real world. I think I’m still in denial.

Stockings hanging on mantle

Alright, we admit it: most kids would prefer to see a video game in their stocking this Christmas than a cheque for their Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). Chances are they don’t even know what an RESP is and they probably still think that money grows on trees. Oh, to be young again…

While it’s certainly not the most glamorous gift, there are many good reasons why you (or your family members) should consider contributing to your child’s RESP this holiday season:

BJ Crombeen

If you’re serious about making it to the NHL one day, hockey is likely the single biggest focus in your life. Many Canadian hopefuls leave home in their early teens to play in the minors for a chance to make it to the big leagues. As a result, continuing their education isn’t always the biggest priority. For many, it’s actually the last thing on their minds.

Learning Projectround

The Fall 2014 CST Inspired Minds Learning Project has officially come to a close and we're thrilled to announce the winners - many of whom also received funding in the spring competition! Talk about creating loyal followers.

LA Kings

This guest post is written by Greg Phillips, a former hockey player from Winnipeg who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1996.

Like many aspiring young hockey players, I grew up with the singular focus of playing in the NHL. I was fortunate enough to have been drafted at age 18 and signed a professional contract with the Los Angeles Kings at age 20.

Pourquoi devrait-on donner priorité à l’épargne-études

As any parent knows, you just want the best for your kids. You want them to experience all that life has to offer. To explore new opportunities and follow their dreams.  

So why, then, are so many parents spending more on their child’s extracurriculars than they’re saving for their post-secondary education? We asked ourselves this very question as we analyzed the findings of our second annual Beyond the Blue Line survey this week, which examines the priorities of Canadian parents.  

Girl Playing With Stephascope

What better way to spend a snowy night in Canada than talking RESPS? On Wednesday, November 19, we had the privilege of chatting education savings with Canadians in our #LetsTalkRESPs Twitter party. Our hashtag was trending across the country and certainly made a big splash in the Twitterverse with more than 3,200 tweets (that's almost 1 tweet per second!)

Neliza

What do you want to be when you grow up? For many, that question is easy – a doctor, an accountant, or maybe even a world-class chef.

While these professions don’t have much in common, they do all require one important thing: education. When it comes to financing their education, many students are fortunate enough to receive assistance (through a Registered Education Savings Plan, for example), while others have to fund their university or college degrees through scholarships, bursaries and other grants.  

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