Westpac Bicentennial Foundation and Western unite to support the next generation of technology-capable leaders

  • Western Sydney University is one of five Australian universities to partner with Westpac Bicentennial Foundation in its Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship Program.
  • 35 scholarships awarded annually across five universities nationally.
  • Scholarship targets young Australians who are passionate about technology and its role in positively shaping Australia’s future.

Westpac Bicentennial Foundation and Western Sydney University today announced a new partnership designed to support young Australians who have a desire to create positive change through exploring their passion for technology.

Western Sydney University is one of five universities across Australia who will award up to seven Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships each year to people under 26 to support their tertiary studies in technology-related disciplines. Recipients will receive $5,000 per year over five years, as well as internship opportunities, and ongoing access to networks and people who can help them develop their leadership potential.

According to Susan Bannigan, CEO of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, this scholarship is designed for the next generation of technology-capable leaders passionate about technology and developing their leadership skills to enable change.

“The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is about creating opportunities for creative, future-focused young Australians from all backgrounds. We want to attract people who are curious and excited about the power of technology and how this can help shape a brighter future for all Australians.”

“Western Sydney University has a long history of being a distinctively diverse and student-centred university, shaping students that have the ability to contribute as global citizens.”

The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship is one of five programs offered by Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

Western Sydney University Alumni, Shakif Shakur received a post-graduate scholarship through the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation earlier this year. He is currently a Conjoint Associate Lecturer with Western Sydney University’s School of Medicine and completing his post-graduate studies at the University of New South Wales.

“A Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarship is so much more than just money. It is your stepping stone to connect and collaborate with some of Australia’s brightest and most innovative minds.”

All Westpac Bicentennial Foundation scholarship recipients gain lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Growing by 100 scholars every year, forever, this network is designed to create opportunities for like-minded individuals to connect and collaborate to solve some of Australia’s biggest problems.

“The Westpac Scholars Network is a unique network, bringing together inspiring people from all walks of life. It’s great that Western Sydney University is now on board in an official capacity. The University attracts so many diverse and talented students and we look forward to welcoming them to our Westpac 100 Scholars Network.”

According to Angelo Kourtis, Western Sydney University Vice-President (People and Advancement), Western Sydney University shares the vision of Westpac Bicentennial Foundation, that Western students, alongside the Westpac Scholars, will shape a better future for all Australians, and drive Australia’s economy.

“It is our vision to secure success for our students through innovation and discovery in a dynamic and technology-enabled world, and partnering with Westpac Bicentennial Foundation on the Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship Program could not have come at a more auspicious time. Western Sydney University now has two technologically-advanced city campuses in the heart of Western Sydney, and will continue to be a major catalyst in regional development”

“The Westpac Young Technologists Scholarship Program is designed for students who are passionate about the power of technology, and together with our programs that are the frontier of Australian technology education, we will create the entrepreneur leaders of the future.”

Applications for 2019 Westpac Young Technologists Scholarships are now open. For more information visit westpac.com.au/scholarships(opens in a new window) or westernsydney.edu.au/westpac_scholarship.

ENDS

27 August 2018

Media Unit