Ground-breaking researcher from Boiestown wins national scholarship

Cash infusion helps keep student debt at bay

Toronto, ON – September 19, 2013 – Boiestown student, and ground-breaking researcher Zoe Hunter is one of 10 Canadian students selected to receive $7,500 towards her graduate studies this year from the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.

Hunter was chosen from more than 260 applicants across Canada to receive the Gladys Neale Award, based on her academic excellence, community service and extra-curricular activities.

Hunter graduated from Acadia University and was on the Dean’s List and presented with the University Scholar Award when she graduated this past year. She is using the scholarship to help fund her Master of Science in Health Promotion at Queen’s University. The aspiring medical student has been an advocate of increasing the dialogue around alcohol-related abuses after watching the struggles of a family member and the death of a fellow university student, publishing her first paper with the help of the President of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada before the age of 22. She was also a primary researcher in the first ever human study of probiotics and their use to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms. She plans to use the scholarship money to help her to continue to do more ground-breaking research.

“I was once told to harness your pain and use it. Given my passion for alcohol-related work, I would greatly enjoy making a contribution to the development of substance-abuse related treatment programs in rural areas as a physician” says Hunter. “I was lucky enough to complete my first degree debt-free thanks to scholarships and my parents investing in a RESP and will use this money to lessen my financial burden allowing me to focus more on my studies.”

Each year, CST grants graduate awards and scholarships to students from across Canada who benefited from a Canadian Scholarship Trust Plan and/or who has been accepted into a post-secondary program depending on the award. More information can be found at https://www.cst.org/en/about-cst/awards.

“Saving with a Registered Education Savings Plan is the best way to make sure your child is able to go to post-secondary education. But if you haven’t saved enough then scholarships are another source to help students pay for the increasingly higher costs of education,” says Peter Lewis, Vice President of the Foundation. “A lot of students believe they have to be brilliant or need to be a star football player to get a scholarship but that’s simply not the case.”

The Foundation offers the following tips for students looking to reduce their student debt by applying for a scholarship:

  1. Know your options – Basically there are three funding options; scholarships, bursaries and grants. You’ll need to know the differences and keep them in mind when sending through an application. Scholarships are given out based on achievement (academic, athletic, community etc...) and either need to be applied for or are granted automatically by a school.
  2. Know your strengths – While a lot of scholarships are based on grades, other attributes are increasingly being considered as more scholarships are becoming personalized. Anything that sets you apart from the other candidates is important. Write a list of activities you’ve participated in, volunteer work you’ve done, student council or community involvement. Ask your family and friends for help with this one.
  3. Start preparing early – Even if you aren’t going to start school until next year, whether it’s first year college or university or post-graduate studies, it pays to start looking at the available options now. See what the deadlines and requirements are so you can be ready when it comes time to apply.
  4. Research what’s out there – Outside of preparing early, research all available sources of money. Lots of companies offer scholarships to employees or their children as do unions, charities and clubs or organizations like legions. (CST does for its customers) Speak with your guidance counselor or principal. The internet is a very good tool; there are plenty of websites that use a database of scholarships to make it easier to search.
  5. Prepare your application – Make sure you know and meet all of the requirements before applying for a scholarship and pay attention to detail. Spelling, grammar, sentence structure and the layout of your submission are very important so make sure you have somebody proof read it. Try to stand out in the crowd, think about what sets you apart from everyone else and articulate it succinctly in your letter.

CST is a non-profit organization which has been helping families save for post-secondary education for over 50 years. Since the awards were founded in 1984, 259 students have shared nearly $1.5 million in scholarship money to apply to their post-secondary education.

For more information or to set up an interview with our award winners or a CST spokesperson please contact:

Edyta McKay – Manager, Corporate Communications
CST Consultants Inc.
Office – 416 445-7377 x 303 Mobile – 416 602-2849
[email protected]

About CST

The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been helping families save for post-secondary education for over fifty years. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Foundation, C.S.T. Consultants Inc. (CSTC) is the distributor and manager of the Canadian Scholarship Trust Plans. Focused exclusively on growing and protecting its planholders' savings, CSTC currently manages $3.8 billion in assets for over 280,000 Canadian families. CSTC boasts a sales force of 640 located across the country. The Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation offers its own awards for academic achievement and community engagement to those students in their Group Plans who are pursuing graduate studies. For more information about RESPs at CST go to www.cst.org or follow us on twitter @cstconsultants and like us on Facebook.