Brenton Banfield Medical Scholarship


$5,000 per year for the duration of the degree


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Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • be a commencing student starting at Western Sydney University for the first time
  • be commencing full-time study in the Doctor of Medicine(opens in a new window)
  • have resided in the Campbelltown City Council Local Government Area for at least 12 months prior to commencing study at the University
  • demonstrate academic potential and a commitment to the values of social justice and community service

Campbelltown City Council

This scholarship was established by Campbelltown City Council to honour the former Mayor, the late Councillor Brenton Banfield. Mr Banfield was pivotal in starting plans for a dedicated School of Medicine at Western Sydney University. Mr Banfield was elected to Campbelltown City Council in 1991 and served three terms as Mayor between 2002 and 2005 before retiring from civic life in 2008. Mr Banfield was an established lawyer and respected businessman, a member of the board of the local health service, and a stalwart ambassador for Campbelltown and its people.

Following 17 years of civic service, a  fulfilling family life and an accomplished career, Mr Banfield passed away on  7 November 2011, aged 62, after a brave fight against motor neurone disease.

The Brenton Banfield Medical Scholarship is a fitting tribute to an honourable man who was truly passionate about Campbelltown – the community where he raised his family, chose to base his legal practice and to which he contributed so much as an elected representative.

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, ability to meet the criteria and, where appropriate, performance in an interview before a selection panel.