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Adam Dickson, recipient of the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship, shares his experiences.
'The Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship has been extremely important to me. I have used the scholarship to fund the costs of my university course, the Bachelor of Commerce, which I am currently in my second year of studying.
This scholarship is important to me because when I complete my studies and move into the workforce, I won't be burdened with a HECS debt. This will assist me when applying for a housing loan or a car loan, as I will not have extra commitments to finance.
It is also important to me as it is a form of recognition for my hard work during my years at high school. This includes studying to achieve the required ENTER score to guarantee myself a place in my course, as well as the hours spent volunteering for the Moyne Shire as a member of the Moyne Youth Council.
So far, the Gwen and Edna Jones Foundation Scholarship has been of great help to me. The scholarship has taken the pressure off me and my family to pay for my course costs. It has meant that I can spend less hours working and more time studying. It has also allowed me to travel home and assist my father on his farm and play footy at my local town, Caramut. This allows me to spend time with my family on weekends and still be in touch with my school friends.
It is because of this scholarship that my time at Deakin University has been an enjoyable experience and made my studies much easier.'