Unsung Heroes Award

The Unsung Heroes Award nominations are now open for 2024.

Purpose and Background

The Western Sydney University Unsung Heroes Award recognises an outstanding currently enrolled Western Sydney University student that has either established or worked within community enterprises. The recipient of the Unsung Heroes Award receives a $5,000 academic gift from the Chancellor, with the award being conferred at the annual ZEST Awards ceremony, coordinated by Western Sydney Community Forum.


  • The student must be currently enrolled at Western Sydney University.
  • Student must be working/volunteering within the community.
  • Nominations must be submitted by a Western Sydney University academic or professional staff member, current Western Sydney University student, or an individual external to the University.
  • Self-nominations and nominations submitted by immediate family members will not be considered.

Selection Criteria

  • The nominee’s contributions to their community/ies must have made a demonstrable impact on the social, cultural, economic, environmental, and/or technological development of the Western Sydney region.
  • The nominee must have demonstrated capacity for consistent and continual contributions to the community, above and beyond the requirements of their studies.
  • The nominee must have sustained academic progress.