A global perspective: from rural Victoria to international connections

Originally from Shepparton, Victoria, Brett Stone was the inaugural recipient of the Dawn Wade Scholarship in 2012. Thanks to the support of a generous donor family, Brett was able to move to Melbourne to undertake a Bachelor of Commerce and lived with 250 students from all over the world at residential college, International House.

Brett credits many of his successes to the experiences he had there and says his time at International House instilled in him a global perspective which he would not have developed living in rural Victoria.

Brett Stone
Brett Stone, Bachelor of Commerce graduate, speaking at International House

"My most formative years as a young adult were spent amongst a beautiful community of global citizens at International House. There’s no doubt that this had a significant impact on me and has shaped who I am today."

“As a country kid, living in such a diverse and vibrant community enabled me to better understand the world around me and have a global understanding as I approach my future career/ entrepreneurship adventure.”

Brett now runs his own website development and digital marketing agency in Sydney, Stone Digital, building global ecommerce websites and working with international consulting companies as well as national charities and venture-backed start-ups.

His connection to the University community remains strong – Brett still keeps in contact with the friends he made at International House and is an active volunteer committee member for the University’s Alumni Association in Sydney.

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