Scotiabank Customer Contest for Students, $1,000
"I have been a Scotiabank customer since the beginning of my university studies. It was, in a way, my first act of independence. Choosing a bank that my parents weren't a part of, starting a financial journey of my own. It did help that Scotiabank had paired with Cineplex, and as an avid movie goer that was a plus. For this reason, when I saw that they were hosting this contest, it felt like: "Of course", but in a good way. The brand has always had a very positive and supportive culture in my mind and this just certifies that impression. I hadn't known anything about yconic previous to this year, but stumbling upon it that day during my work-break was both exciting and contrite. Exciting because I had discovered a system created to answer all of my Academic-Financial cries; and ashamed that I hadn't known about it sooner (like, 9 years sooner). I am, however, extremely grateful to both Scotiabank and yconic for considering me for this award. There are likely thousands of students just like me whose lives (academic, financial, and creative) this would impact. This award drives my will to excel in all of these areas and to continue to use my studies to make a positive impact in others' lives as Scotiabank and yconic have with mine."