CST Learning Project

At the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation, we strongly believe community-based activities are essential to helping children learn and grow. That’s why the CST Learning Project Competition supports unique ideas, both inside and outside of the classroom that help children boost their brainpower, build confidence and prepare for the future.

Through the CST Learning Project Competition, we have awarded nearly $700,000 to fund new learning programs and activities for children in communities across Canada. Each year, not-for-profit organizations with innovative programs for children from infancy to age 17, compete for a share of funds.

Since launching in 2014, the CST Learning Project has helped:

  • Thousands of students across the country go on virtual field trips
  • Bring science workshops to more than 100 schools
  • Enhance technology programs at 20 schools
  • Launch agricultural and farming education programs
  • Fund the creation and development of conservation education programs
  • Support camps for children with illness or special needs
  • Build music, literacy and arts programs, including a children’s choir
  • Implement healthy eating programs
  • Build school playgrounds
  • Create a toy and mobile library
  • Create a bike repair co-op and training program for under-privileged youth
  • And so much more!

WHY CST CARES

Helping kids dream big is at the heart of what we do. Through the innovative programs supported by the Learning Project, children can broaden their horizons and realize their potential. Since 1960, the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation has been dedicated to helping families reach their dreams through higher education. Our mission is to help all Canadians plan to make post-secondary education possible. It’s how we are helping families build a foundation for the future.

CST LEARNING PROJECT WINNERS

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants

Grand Prize Winner

Imagine joining an expedition on an active volcano in Italy, or investigating a penguin colony in Antarctica? Tens of thousands of students across Canada and the United States have been able go on these adventures with Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants (EBTSOYP) which brings science, exploration, adventure and conservation to classrooms with technology and virtual exploration. Joe Grabowski, the organization’s founder says, “I couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity that the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation has provided to take Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants to a new level.”

Classy Cyborgs

2nd Prize Winner

The Classy Cyborgs are teens on a mission to help solve the Braille Literacy crisis. After learning that only 10% of people who are blind worldwide can read Braille, this group of young students decided to create software for children with vision loss and help give them a fun way to learn how to read. The Cyborgs are developing their working prototype and are excited about future development. Team member Disha Prakhar is 16 years old and says, “We are grateful to CST for believing in our team and for helping us make our ideas real.”

Sardis Secondary School Farm

3rd Prize Winner

Connecting students of all ages with the lands and teaching them about where their food comes from. The Sardis Secondary School Farm in Chilliwack, British Columbia empowers young people with hands-on experience and knowledge of local agriculture. Students are taught about food literacy through project based learning activities. High school students in the program help mentor elementary children as an exciting way to get real life experience and learn from the land.


The world is changing rapidly. Innovation in education is needed now to ensure children will be ready for success in post-secondary school and empower them to make their dreams a reality.