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Kaitlin McKinlay, recipient of the Deakin Four Points by Sheraton Geelong Accommodation Scholarship, shares her experiences:
'I was lucky enough to be awarded the Deakin Four Points by Sheraton Accommodation Scholarship.
I am originally from Wangaratta in North East Victoria. Before receiving this scholarship I had some serious concerns about my ability to afford moving to Geelong in order to start my degree, so much so that I had even considered deferring my place in the course.
The scholarship not only allowed me to take up my place in my course, but it has also helped me in other ways. By covering my accommodation expenses it has meant that I have not had to work during the year to support myself. This has meant that I can concentrate on my studies and this has been an important advantage in such a demanding and high-workload degree as medicine.
This scholarship has been of great assistance to me and it has definitely made my life a lot easier and less stressful. I hope that one day I too will be able to donate such a priceless gift so that other young people will also be able to follow their dreams to go to university.'