POTENTIAL UNLIMITED

Act boldly. Transform the lives of refugee students with education.

"[...] there's a real sense of satisfaction in thinking that you're contributing to helping someone who's doing it tough or hard at university be able to get the degree that they deserve."

- Professor Peter Shergold AC, Coordinator General for Refugee Resettlement in NSW

In 2015, Western Sydney University proudly announced the establishment of a Refugee Scholarship Fund, with the aim of providing a significant number of scholarships for refugees settling in Western Sydney.

The University kick started the fund with a gift of $500,000 and continues to call on alumni, business and members of the Australian community to support the cause.

"Western Sydney University has a long and proud history of opening its doors to those for whom the journey to university has been anything but conventional," says Vice-Chancellor and President of Western Sydney University, Professor Barney Glover.

You can join us in investing in the lives of refugees who want to pursue a university education by giving to the Refugee Scholarship Fund today.

The establishment of the Refugee Scholarship Fund came in response to the growing international refugee crisis and the national and international media interest in Western Sydney University Law graduate and Sudanese refugee, Deng Thiak Adut.

Professor Glover says, "the public's response to Deng's inspirational story shows what extraordinary contributions can be made to society if those escaping war-torn countries are given the chance to start a new life."

"The greatest thing that could happen to a person like me is to be able to get an education," says Deng. "It's life. It's the opposite of the death which I was going to face in South Sudan."

You can watch Deng's courageous and inspirational story here.

Scholarships help to remove financial barriers to education by assisting students with the cost of textbooks, computers, transport and living. They are a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty and welfare dependence, enabling students to gain an education, become self-supporting, and go on to make a worthwhile contribution to our community and our country.

Over 400 refugee students on humanitarian visas like Deng are currently studying at our University. Most of them live in Western Sydney. Our goal is to provide as many scholarships as possible through the Refugee Scholarship Fund. So far, 15 refugee scholarships have been awarded with 45 able to be awarded this year. With your help we can do more.

Please join us in supporting refugees at Western Sydney University by giving now. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible and will enable courageous students like Deng to realise their full potential.

Give now at give.westernsydney.edu.au/potentialunlimited.