Kylie Ellwood is a young woman with unfettered ambition. Growing up in Penrith, Kylie was told she wouldn’t achieve much. As an adult, struggling with her upbringing, she decided to enrol in a Bachelor of Psychology at UWS to learn more about her background and the issues that affected her, and prove it to herself she could do it. She credits this as the “best decision she ever made” and hasn’t looked back. Taking a non-traditional pathway to university via UWS College, Kylie was the first recipient of the UWS College Medal and has been blitzing her university studies ever since, aiming to win the University Medal this year (awarded to students graduating with First Class Honours). On the difference the Harvey Norman scholarship would make, Kylie says “Without the additional support I would have to drop to part time. I’m looking into doing a PhD”. Proud of her Western Sydney roots, she says “Western Sydney is my home, and I’d love to go and work with the people there. When I practice, I want to work with people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. I’d like to give kids the guidance I didn’t get as a teenager”. Kylie identifies as an Indigenous Maori. She is a PASS facilitator, providing academic support for students seeking assistance.