Life is full of incredible moments; a baby’s first cry, a child’s first step, or finding out you’ve been accepted into the program of your dreams.
Life stories that fill our hearts with hope and joy.
Our Inspired Stories are a collection of these moments. Ideas shared and secrets of success revealed. They’re about overcoming obstacles and rising to the challenge.
We hope our Inspired Stories help you imagine, aspire and achieve!
CST Graduate Award Recipients
Christine Ackerley - Arthur Pigott Award: It is an exciting time for CST Graduate Award winner, Christine Ackerley, who will be moving across Canada in pursuit of her dreams. Her secret to success includes support and love from her heroes who helped plan for her journey with a CST RESP, long ago.
Adriana Cappelletti - Arthur Pigott Award: A strong family foundation helped CST Graduate Award winner, Adriana Cappelletti, reach her dreams. How planning ahead has helped her reach her goal of going to medical school.
Montanna Diakun - Roland Lloyd Award: Like all CST Graduate Award winners, Montanna Diakun has balanced a full course load and extra-curricular activities. She credits her parents and their passion for education for helping her dreams become a reality.
Michael Kinney - Roland Lloyd Award Recipient: Sometimes the journey you're on doesn't work out like you planned. By taking a risk, CST Graduate Award winner, Michael Kinney, found what he was truly passionate about and thanks his parents for their role in his success!
Daniel LeBouthillier - Kenneth Carter Award: CST Graduate Award winner, Daniel LeBouthillier explains how his academic path changed course and how a decision his parents made long ago made a difference in his pursuit of knowledge.
Edward Nichol - Peter Wright Award: CST Graduate award winner, Edward Nichol, credits his parents for helping him achieve his dreams. Planning for the future, helped pave the way for Edward's international journey.
Rachael Nunes - Gladys Neale Award: CST Graduate Award winner, Rachael Nunes, tells us about her journey to success and shares the importance of her parents' plan for their children's education, even as they started "a life from scratch" in a new country.
Varshinie Pillai - Gladys Neale Award: CST Graduate Award winner, Varshinie Pillai, has been able to explore internationally and pursue her university dreams. She thanks her parents' for persevering in tough times to help her accomplish incredible goals.
Alexandra Zidenberg - Kenneth Carter Award: CST Graduate Award winner, Alexandra Zidenberg, has some special people who have helped her on the road to success. Thanks to her mom's determination in difficult times, Alexandra is living her dream and looking to make a difference in the world!
Sofian Hashim - Bill Winsor Award: Growing up in one of Canada's toughest neighbourhoods isn't easy but Sofian Hashim beat the odds and is making his childhood dreams of a better life come true. This CST Scholarship Award winner shows us how he continues to "dream big".
Crystal Song - Karthiha Guruparan Award: There can be many obstacles to overcome when starting life in a new country but CST Scholarship Award winner, Crystal Song, rose to the challenge, learned new languages and is now living the Canadian Dream.
What our families have to say
The legacy of CST
As the granddaughter of one of the organization’s original founders and a former CST beneficiary, Linton Carter describes what CST means to her family and the sense of security that having a CST Plan gave her when choosing where and what she wanted to study. Linton also reviews CST’s history of lobbying the Canadian government for tax free savings in an education savings vehicle and creating an incentive for Canadian families to save for post-secondary education.
The value of a CST RESP
With four children in the family, the Rands have a lot to juggle. Listen to Mike explain how a CST RESP helped him finance his education, and why they believe that a CST Plan is a good choice for all four of their kids.
Helping students explore
Watch Mary-Elizabeth Brown describe how having money saved for university through her CST RESP enabled her to pursue numerous interests and student activities that she might not have been able to experience otherwise.
Peace of mind
Watch Anna Postelnyak explain how having a CST Plan helped her to remain confident and worry-free throughout her post-secondary education.
Avoiding the burden of debt
Watch how David Campbell’s foresight gave him the financial resources to pursue higher learning and avoid the burden of a massive debt for both himself and his parents.
Turning dreams into reality
Zackary Cutrona explain how having a CST Plan helped him follow his dreams of playing soccer and studying to become a lawyer.
"The CST RESP was an invaluable source of financial support for me throughout my four-year undergraduate degree. If not for CST Sales Representative Emmy Kulai, who introduced my parents to the CST RESP Plan, my parents and I would have had much greater strain and stress around financing my education. Emmy provided essential information for maximizing the benefit of the program for my education and also provided continual guidance to my parents to make the process simple - we could not have asked for a better representative! Having applied for and been awarded one of ten CST 2014 Graduate Awards to help finance my further education, I feel even more grateful for the benefits of taking part in a CST Plan. Financing one’s education can be a smooth process with the help of CST!"
“Almost 50 years ago, I read something about the Canadian Scholarship Trust in the newspaper and decided to investigate. I invested some money for my daughter, and some three years later, for my son. Everything worked out the way it was supposed to. MY daughter attended two universities in two countries over six years and my son spent six years in two universities. CST did everything they promised to do.
The 2008 meltdown had almost no effect on the CST bottom line. Being with CST was the right place to be."
Robert Westland, CST Customer
“Although I worked part time to meet my living expenses, the financial security that the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan gave me meant that I could take periods of time away from work when my studies and extra-curricular involvement became busy without worrying that I would run into difficulty with my payments to UBC. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan took much of the financial stress out of my education, which meant I could focus on doing well in my studies and furthering my personal development through volunteer and extra-curricular activities.
Thanks to the Gladys Neale Award from CST, I have been able to accept on campus residence at the University of Toronto, which means I will be living close to my classes and the resources I need to conduct my research.”
Ardith Bailey, CST Beneficiary and past winner of the Gladys Neale Award.
“As a medical researcher who spent 13 years in training, I understand the financial challenges students encounter. I’ve seen many colleagues abandon their dreams due to the escalating costs of their education. We’re confident that investing in a Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan will be one of the best decisions we’ve ever made for our daughter.”
Laurent Azoulay, CST Customer
“Canadian Scholarship Trust Plans are a safe and effective way to save for post-secondary school. Our three children have all graduated now, and when my grandson was born recently, one of my first calls was to my CST Consultants sales representative to set up a plan for him too”
Seymour Moskovitz, CST Customer
“I do not believe my undergraduate education would have evolved in the same way without the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan. The invaluable academic and non-academic experiences that I gained with the help of CST have positioned me to pursue my ambitions.”
Jamie Huckaby, CST Beneficiary
“My parents saved up with CST so that when I was ready for university the funds were there. Because my parents did it for me, it’s something that I want to do as well for my kids.”
Mike Rand, CST Customer and Beneficiary
“I am convinced that this investment in my education will be of great benefit to not only myself but to all those whom I am able to touch through my studies and my work. One day when I build family of my own, I will certainly consider investing in a CST plan for my children so that they too can reach their potential and pursue an education with minimal financial worries.”