Crescent Foundation joins Western Sydney University to fund refugee scholarship program

Crescent Foundation 

The Crescent Foundation and Western Sydney University have joined together to launch a new scholarship program to support high-achieving students from refugee backgrounds.

Driven by a shared vision to assist refugees and provide life-changing educational opportunities, the Crescent Foundation will offer the scholarships to students who have been granted permanent humanitarian visas in the past five years.

The Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarships are valued at $7,500 per year for three years. In 2017, three scholarships will be offered to students studying across the full range of courses offered by Western Sydney University, with scope to expand the program over time.

In addition, further support from the community will be sought to fund at least an extra 20 scholarships under the program.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Barney Glover says Western Sydney University is pleased to be able to provide practical assistance to those who are making a new start in Australia.

"We know the powerful role that higher education plays in transforming people's lives, and the positive flow-on effects this has for their families and wider communities," says Professor Glover.

"Many refugees who are new to Australia have had their education disrupted through war and violence. We are pleased to partner with the Crescent Foundation to establish these scholarships to help students continue their studies and realise their potential."

Mr Talal Yassine OAM, Director of the Crescent Foundation, said that driving education opportunity was essential to supporting refugees to best integrate into Australian life.

Talal Yassine 

"Crescent Foundation believes that education is the single most important factor that can assist recently arrived Australians in a caring and nurturing environment to be the best they can be, to thrive, succeed and contribute to the social, economic and academic fabric of our nation," says Mr Yassine.

"Crescent Foundation has embarked on this journey with a vision of providing a sustainable, positive and real impact on the lives of refugees, partnering with the prestigious Western Sydney University to support the less privileged and those struggling to afford a formal education."

"The Foundation is delighted to offer Crescent Foundation Leadership Scholarships, a life-changing opportunity for students who otherwise would not have access to education. We are passionate about the education of refugees and will be assiduously working towards providing at least 20 scholarships per annum for many years to come."

"We invite the community to contact us to learn more about how they can support these scholarships."

The new scholarships add to the University's existing programs to support refugees, including Western Sydney College Refugee Scholarships, the Joan Reid Scholarship for Refugee Women, and the landmark Refugee Scholarship Fund.


10 November 2016

Fatma Saaoud - Crescent Foundation - 0432 198 181

Mark Smith - Western Sydney University - 0404 016 236