Scholarship Opened the Door to Her Future
SVC graduate and Australian Indigenous Education Foundation (AIEF) Alum Kodie Mason (2018) is a living example of the difference a scholarship can make in one person’s life. Speaking at the inaugural Future Women Executive Summit, Kodie spoke candidly of how becoming a boarder at St Vincent’s College helped to keep her away from the negative influences of drugs, alcohol and crime, elements that are sadly too familiar within her own circle.
Kodie cites her mum as a strong role model who, as a teen mother struggled to lift herself from poverty by putting herself through school to fulfil her dream of becoming a nurse.
Kodie has her sights set firmly on the future, studying Social Research and Policy at UNSW as a first step to eventually pursuing a career in politics and government. The goal is to be at the forefront of the decision-making process and implement the changes that will benefit her community.
“Education is the only way to break the cycle of poverty”, she says – and it’s a precious gift this courageous woman of action is determined to use to the fullest.
Photo: Member for Wentworth Dr Kerryn Phelps AM MP with Kodie Mason (courtesy: AIEF)
Watch Kodie's speech here.
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