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Rhys Mawson, recipient of the Deakin Ken Nall and Cameron McNaughton Scholarship shares his experiences:
‘After choosing to study a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University’s Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, I was lucky enough to receive the Deakin Ken Nall and Cameron McNaughton scholarship. As one of the many Access and Equity scholarships offered by the University, the scholarship took into account my financial situation and recognised the fact that I live in a regional area of Victoria.
I am extremely grateful to the donors for the many ways in which this scholarship has positively affected studying my degree. I am constantly reminded of how it will help me, not only in my time at university, but also my future. Whenever I have to buy stationery and, more importantly, textbooks I don’t have to hope to have enough money to afford them. The scholarship provides access to all the resources I need to achieve the best I can in my studies. In addition to this I am aware that any future studies I may want to pursue after graduating from my Bachelor of Arts degree can be chosen without having to consider the financial implications. There aren’t any nagging thoughts of what affects it might have on what could have been a growing HECS debt, so money does not play any part in the level of education that I can achieve.
In my studies so far I have realised that the Ken Nall and Cameron McNaughton Scholarship, as I’m sure all Deakin scholarships do, provides more than anything a sense of freedom. I can choose the units I want to study, not only the ones I can afford, and I can buy necessities like petrol to get to university without my family or I having to constantly calculate expenses and bare the financial burden they might bring. I can experience university without restrictions and I am absolutely certain that the scholarship has made it, at the very least financially, much easier.
I’m hoping to become a secondary teacher in the future and with my scholarship I am that much closer to achieving my goal. As a teacher I intend to encourage students to reach their full potential and to wear the hardships and difficulties they might experience in their lives on their sleeves, so that they too can have access to fantastic opportunities like those that are inextricably entwined with receiving scholarships.’