David Southon Property Scholarship


New students only


Bachelor of Business (Property)


$10,000 per year for three years only


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • be commencing study full-time in the first year Bachelor of Business (Property) at Western Sydney University
  • demonstrate financial or other hardship, based on the Opportunity and Equity criteria(opens in a new window), including students who are the first in their family to attend university, or students residing in Western Sydney(opens in a new window) as defined by the University

It is the donor's intention to encourage students with a passion for property and there may be an opportunity for the recipient to participate in a mentoring program as negotiated with the donor.

David Southon

David Southon is no stranger to tough challenges. Launching property investment group Charter Hall with two partners during an economic downturn in 1991, he drew on learnings from his Western Sydney University Bachelor of Business (Land Economy) degree, focusing particularly on Property Development, Investment and Funds Management, to establish strategies that enabled the business to grow and thrive.

"The first three years were particularly tough," he recalls. "However, they highlighted the need to focus on revenue and value creation, forming the genesis of the successful and diverse Property Funds Management business."

In many ways the degree chose him, says David. "It was a turning point in my life and career. The course provided a new-found direction where I could connect the application of the theory to tangible and meaningful outcomes, which inspired me to pursue a career in property."

The relationships David made at Western Sydney University also benefited his career from the earliest stages. One friendship with a fellow student opened the door for a cadetship with Leighton Properties, and another has turned into a successful business partnership - as David shared the role of Managing Director with fellow Western Sydney University graduate, David Harrison.David considers growing a successful Property Funds Management business through challenging financial times to list on the ASX in 2005 (and today to have grown to be a high performing ASX 200 company) as his proudest career accomplishment. Today, Charter Hall has approximately $1.2 billion worth of projects under development, over $16 billion of assets under management and offices around Australia.

Application and Selection Process

Applicants must provide a statement in support of their application indicating how they believe 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 and merit.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.