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Tips for graduation gift ideas for students of all ages

Graduation is a time of accomplishment. It’s the moment when all the hard work comes together and is a major milestone for a child.

Finding the right gift to mark this momentous occasion can be tricky. What does a child want? Is there anything the graduate needs? What will help the child in the future?

Whether it's a kindergarten graduation or the student is in cap and gown receiving a PhD, graduation is a moment of pride and achievement for both child and parent. You've made it!

Canadian parents searching for government grants for education

If the government presented you with extra money, would you take it?

You don’t have to imagine this.This already happens. Really.

The thing is - not everyone is aware that the government contributes money to Canadians saving in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). It’s an incentive for families to save for their children’s future.

It’s easy. You put money into an RESP, the government adds education savings grant funds. It’s kind of like having exclusive access to money for the future.

Sports, scholarships and the importance of saving for the future

By: Veronica Torres


I can’t accurately describe who I am without talking about sports. Soccer has played such an important role in my life, and is more than just a hobby. For me, soccer has been formative – it has shaped my character, exposed me to new experiences, and opened doors to numerous opportunities.

Peter Lewis, Vice President, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation

By: Peter Lewis, Vice President, Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation


As a forty-something executive, I sometimes reflect on when I was young (and hopefully not too foolish), on how great it would have been to have had the benefit of knowing what I know now, back when I was just starting out. So, if I had the opportunity to give my younger self some advice, here’s what I would say.

CST Graduate Scholarship Award winner Sam Tanenbaum

As a young child, Sam Tanenbaum had nearly everyone fooled.

“When I was in grade two, I had the vocabulary of someone who was in grade 10.  I could use words, speak and tell you rhymes and ‘read’ you books - but I wasn’t actually reading,” Sam explained.

"I have a non-verbal learning disability and I’m proud to say I am Dyslexic." 

The rising costs of university tuition and fees

We hear it all the time.  “Tuition is expensive.”

The numbers prove it.  Statistics Canada has found in the past 10 years, the average university tuition has jumped from $4347 to $6373 - an increase of 46%!

That’s not the only post-secondary fee that’s on the rise.

Charmaine Holland with friends playing Rummy

Charmaine Holland wants to make a difference in the world.   The 19 year old’s lifelong dream is to become a geriatric doctor. 

Her desire to make a positive contribution to the elderly was evident even in high school when she started an organization in the Niagara Region called, “Wise Souls, Young Spirits".  The program connects youth with seniors at a local retirement home. 

Tess Grad

Martha Turner is Vice President, Marketing at CST Consultants Inc.  

She is also a CST client and shares her personal story of reaching a momentous milestone, helping to make her daughter's dreams come true.  

Writing a Test

A parent’s foresight can have such an impact on a child’s future opportunities. After receiving an eBirthday card for her son from CST this past month, one such parent, Jill Everett-Young, mother of Joseph (Joey), describes that moment that her decisions changed both of her sons’ lives in her own words:

Students Studying on Campus Grounds

I remember the feeling well. It was a mixture of excitement and nervousness as I drove our daughter in a van loaded with everything she needed for her first year in residence at Carleton University. Have we done everything to prepare her for a university education? Will she be up to the challenge of living away from home for the first time? Did we really remember to pack everything that she will need?

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