Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship


New or continuing students


Any undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at Western Sydney University


$7,500 per year for three years 


Applicants must:

  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia. Applicants must have been granted a Permanent Humanitarian visa within the last five years.
  • have received an offer or be currently enrolled full-time or part-time in any year of any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University.
  • demonstrate academic potential through a minimum ATAR of 85 or equivalent for new students or a GPA of 5.0 for higher for continuing students, Non-current school leaver applicants will be considered on the basis of work experience and educational

The Crescent Foundation 

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela

The Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarships were established in partnership and collaboration with Western Sydney University and is driven by a vision to use the most powerful women in the world to make a difference to the lives of refugees and to empower the less privileged.

Each year, thousands of refugees arrive in Australia seeking a better life. One the many challenges faced is the affordability of university education.  Whether starting a new journey through university education or the need to up-skill an existing degree obtained overseas;  the Crescent Foundation aims to assist in facilitating the transition into the workforce and indeed Australian society.

The Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarship is an allowance of $7,500 annually for 3 years.  In addition, the Crescent Foundation Scholars may also be eligible for admission to The Academy within Western Sydney University. 

The Academy engages with high-achieving students to maximise their potential through programs that support and encourage academic enrichment, leadership and professional development, and community citizenship both locally and globally.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe the receipt of the scholarship will assist them with their studies and in their future career. This statement should give a sufficient explanation of the applicant's background and current circumstances to enable the University to judge their eligibility, need and merit.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their written application, academic potential, their ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.