Sophie, sponsored student
Now Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology). Everything changed when Sophie was in Year 10 and she and her siblings were matched with Smith Family sponsors.
“[After we got sponsored] I had new shoes. We got a new printer, so then I could print off all my assignments and hand them in, rather than having to take them to the school library and make up an excuse for why I couldn’t pay,” she said.
Sophie’s mum also grew up in disadvantage. With a limited education herself, she couldn’t give her children advice about university or career options. “When I grew up, school was very, very different. I had never had the chance or opportunity to even think about going to university or for further education; I had to go out and work. Mum tried as best as she could, but she was a single parent as well, so my options were very limited,” explains Sophie’s mum Sherrie.
So Sophie also took part in our online mentoring program iTrack. During this 18-week program, Sophie received the guidance to pursue her dream.