“I remember once that because I hadn't paid my school fees, I couldn’t use the library or go on excursions. I was missing out on things that were core to the subjects I was studying. It was a bit isolating from the rest of my class,” said Dylan.
“It was a bit hard at the start of the term – those new costs that came up. But we always knew there would be some support coming in from The Smith Family.”
When Dylan set his sights on university, ongoing sponsorship meant he could move interstate and afford course materials. It also gave him access to a tertiary mentor, who has provided much-needed guidance.
“I'm now studying a Masters of Architecture, following on from my Bachelor of Architecture,” said Dylan.
“The mentor program is fantastic. University only teaches you so much. Having a mentor who has graduated and worked in the field is really great for you to run ideas past. They can give you really helpful feedback.