Western Sydney University students named among 2024 Westpac Scholars

Nine Western Sydney University students have been recognised for their passion and ambition to drive positive change within the technology sector and build stronger ties between Australia and Asia, as they are named 2024 Westpac Scholars.

Aryaman Chaudhary, Jazlyn Singh, Kyriaki Dasaklis, Luke Brennan, Oisin Chretien, Vaneel Chetty, Vaughan Todd, Aimee Kim Lawson and Parwin Taqawi were among the 100 recipients.

The 2024 Westpac Young Technologists scholarships, valued at up to $20,000 each, are awarded to those undertaking STEM related degrees, who are passionate about inspiring good in the field with focus areas to include the rise of Artificial Intelligence, cyber security and harnessing technology to improve healthcare and increase inclusivity.

The Westpac Young Technologist Scholars will travel to Singapore for a four-day Disruptive Leaders Program to gain a better understanding of the current technological landscape and how technology can be harnessed to tackle the most pressing global challenges faced today.

Bachelor of Cyber Security and Behaviour student, Kyra Dasaklis, was one of the seven Western students awarded the Westpac Young Technologist scholarship, an opportunity that will allow her to work towards a meaningful career in enhancing Australia’s cyber protection.

“Receiving this scholarship fills me with immense pride and gratitude. It serves as a powerful motivator that someone believes in my potential and is willing to invest in my future,” said Kyra.

“This scholarship not only grants me the financial freedom to pursue my university education. Beyond that, it presents opportunities to forge lifelong friendships and gain valuable experiences that will support future career prospects.

“I selected Western due to its unique degree offering and exceptional support from staff, including early entry opportunities and prompt responses to my inquiries. I felt valued as a student and supported in achieving my academic objectives at Western Sydney University.”

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Advanced Manufacturing Engineering) student, Oisin Chretien, also received the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship and is excited to unlock all the opportunities that the scholarship will present.

“I believe that receiving this scholarship will pave the way, creating a new journey in my life. I hope that with this opportunity, I can share ideas with like-minded people, while also broadening my perspectives,” said Oisin.

“Additionally, I am looking forward to gaining leadership skills that will be useful in all aspects of my life.”

The two Western students who were awarded the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship, valued at $12,700 each, will pursue an immersive international education experience, over two semesters, in one of six destinations in Asia including mainland China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

As part of the Westpac Scholars Asian Exchange program, scholars will also travel to Singapore for a week-long Leadership Development Program to enhance their Asia-capability and learn more about Australia’s relationship with the region.

Western Sydney University is one of a select number of universities who partner with Westpac Scholars Trust to award over $4 million in scholarships each year, recognising exceptional students and helping them reach their full potential.

The full list of 2024 Westpac Scholars, including those from Western Sydney University, can be viewed here (opens in a new window).


27 March 2024

Lauren Austin, Media Officer

Photo credit: Kyisoe Han