Financial support has given me the freedom to focus more on achieving higher results, and it made a trip to India as part of my Deakin internship a reality.
During her gap year in 2013, Casey had to work long hours to provide for her family as well as set herself up for her journey into higher education.
After previous study, I was drawn to the patient-care aspect of medicine. I knew then that I wanted to be a little more active in helping people who were unwell.
With my youngest child turning 8, I decided to go to university to better my life, and the life of my children.
I became a carer for my mum from the age of nine, so for me, university was never really an option.
A few thousand dollars might not be a lot to some people, but it is a huge amount of money to me, almost a quarter of my yearly income!
Since my dad passed away, my mum has looked after my two sisters and I on her own and it's been tough on her being the main breadwinner.
It was seeing some of the injustices faced by Indigenous people and our legal system that made me decide to study Law at Deakin University.
The impact of philanthropy has come full circle for me.