Act boldly. Transform the lives of refugees with education.

Western Sydney University is proud to announce the establishment of a Refugee Scholarship Fund, with the aim of providing a significantly increased number of scholarships for refugees settling in Western Sydney, starting in 2016.

The University will kick start the campaign with a gift of $500,000 to the Refugee Scholarship Fund, and is calling on businesses 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 Professor Glover.

"We have a number of existing programs to support refugees already in place, including our Western Sydney College Refugee Scholarships, and our Joan Reid Scholarship for Refugee Women, however we wish to do more, and we call on the community to help us."

The announcement comes in response to the growing international refugee crisis, and on the back of unprecedented national and international media interest in Western Sydney University Law graduate and Sudanese refugee, Deng Thiak Adut.

Professor Glover says the public's response this week 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 some financial barriers to education by assisting students with the cost of textbooks, computers, transport and living.

Scholarships are a powerful weapon in the fight against poverty and welfare dependence. They enable students to gain an education, become self-supporting, and go on to make a worthwhile contribution to our community and our country.

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.

Over 350 refugees on humanitarian visas like Deng are currently studying at our University. Most of them live in Western Sydney.

Our goal is to raise $12 million for the Refugee Scholarship Fund, and kicked off with a $500,000 donation from the University. It's a great start, but we need your help to do more.

Please join us in supporting refugees at Western Sydney University by giving now. All gifts are tax deductible, and will enable courageous students like Deng to realise their full potential.

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