Ottawa, ON – September 15, 2020 – What would you do with $15 million dollars? For many Canadian high school and post-secondary students the answer is simple, if a little unconventional; they’d pay for their education. The loss of summer jobs as a result of COVID-19 has meant many students are struggling to pay for tuition. Yet, each year, more than $15 million dollars in post-secondary scholarships are left unclaimed in Canada. FundQi, an online platform that offers students the best chances of being awarded scholarship money, and which has already helped students win $1.5 million dollars in scholarship funds, is trying to make sure no scholarship goes unclaimed.
For Zuberi Attard, founder of FundQi, the mission to help students afford a post-secondary education is a personal one. As a Black, marginalized, at-risk youth who overcame a period of homelessness, Zuberi knows the important role scholarships can play. “I always knew that I wanted to go to university, but a university education seemed like a dream rather than a plan. What changed my life forever was winning $50,000 in scholarships so that I could continue my studies. Once I graduated, I knew I had to do everything I could to help others not only afford their education, but to realize that their dreams are within their reach. Education changed my life and It’s my goal for every student to realize it can and will change theirs and that they can afford to go.”
FundQi was founded in 2015 and offers students practical advice above all else. Students who sign-up for a membership with the website will be matched with the scholarships which best match their personal and academic profile. Scholarships which tend to go unclaimed, generally due to very specific requirements, but which match the student’s profile, are automatically pushed to the top of the scholarship suggestions thanks to the proprietary algorithms employed by the site. The affordable membership also provides students with access to scholarship-winning templates and application editing as well as tips that lead to their applications ranking higher with awards committees. FundQi’s database doesn’t stop at scholarships. Students will also have access to the details of hundreds of grants and bursaries open to Canadian students. The educational dollars on offer benefit a wide variety of students based on financial need, minority status, geographic location, GPA, previous volunteer experience or project-specific scholarships for things such as creating the best essay or video submission.
FundQi is working with student unions and universities across Canada to provide students with free access to its powerful tools and vast database of scholarships.
“We’d love to connect with student unions across Canada,” says Zuberi. “There is a lot of discussion these days about helping marginalized students, women and those from academically and ethno-culturally diverse backgrounds to be supported and educated so that they can make the most of their skills and talent. FundQi is helping students of all backgrounds and academic records to be able to go to school. There is no reason for a student who qualifies to get into a post-secondary program to not be able to afford to go. We want to work with post-secondary institutions to ensure students have access to our tools and claim all of the scholarship funds available to them.”
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