A message from our founder and ceo
How it began.
At age 16, our founder Zuberi was forced into homelessness and university was far out of reach. Until one day, with the help of some amazing high school guidance counsellors, Zuberi discovered scholarships. After figuring out the application process and applying for multiple opportunities, Zuberi was able to turn his life around and earn over $50,000 in scholarships towards fulfilling his dream: attending Carleton University. For his efforts along his journey so far, Zuberi has been awarded the Rotman Entrepreneur of the Year Award as well as named Top 20 Under 20 by Plan Canada.
As a Black, at-risk youth, Zuberi knew that winning these scholarships saved his life - That’s why he made it his mission to help others like him achieve the same success:
“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 reach. Education changed my life and it’s my goal for every student to realize it can change theirs.”
While studying at Carleton, Zuberi devoted his free time to helping students find and win scholarships of their own. Zuberi was working long hours to serve other fellow students helping them win scholarships - often serving upwards of 5 clients per day and working 1-on-1 with them to find scholarships. Between liaising with students, setting up appointments, and curating individualized lists of funding opportunities, Zuberi was overwhelmed with demand. Students evidently needed help but the current model wasn’t sustainable, and he recognized that something needed to change.
Not only was Zuberi overwhelmed with demand and completely under-resourced – he also realized that the low-income students who need him most couldn’t afford his service. He needed to create a scalable solution that could help every student overcome their financial burdens.
That’s when FundQi was born - a scalable solution to help all students get the funding they need through scholarships, grants, internships & more. Through the online platform, students can find unique funding opportunities for themselves and also receive 1-on-1 guidance on application processes and essay writing to maximize their chances of success.
- Zuberi Attard, CEO & Founder
How our service works.
Our platform works by matching you with funding opportunities that meet your specific requirements. Upon registration, you will be asked various questions related to things such as your hobbies, religion, race, heritage, and more. This information allows our advanced algorithm to match you with the opportunities that are most relevant to you.
Take Sam, for example. Sam has a passion for fishing and the outdoors. Sam would add this information to her profile. There happens to be a scholarship called the "Outdoor Ninja Scholarship" that is awarded to someone who likes fishing and the outdoors. This scholarship is buried in your typical Google search results and would rarely be found by an individual student on their own. This is when our powerful algorithm is put to work, ensuring that the "Outdoor Ninja Scholarship" is easily visible to Sam inside her FundQi dashboard while letting her know this opportunity is perfect for her by automatically rank-ordering the opportunities she is most likely to win.
After our algorithm finds unique opportunities for Sam, we then show her what steps to take before applying to maximize her chances of success. Our "Scholarship Secrets" e-course is packed with value from scholarship winners who have won thousands of dollars in funding. They'll explain to Sam how scholarship donors think and show her how to make sure her application stands out from the crowd.
Once Sam has written her application, she can submit it to our editing team right inside her dashboard. Our team will look over her application and send it back to her with suggestions on edits to improve the quality of her application before submitting it to the donor. Our team knows what donors are looking for - they'll help guide Sam to give her the best chances of success.
We know that getting money for school can seem too good to be true, however, there are countless students just like you who have won funding through scholarships, grants, and bursaries offered by donors across Canada and the world.
With that being said, it's not always easy to find and win these opportunities all on your own. That's why FundQi exists - to help with this process. Since inception, we've helped students win an estimated $1.5M + in funding and that number is constantly growing.