Dr Bob Fisher Memorial Scholarship in Nursing


New or continuing students


Students studying a Bachelor of Nursing at one of the following campuses: Liverpool, Parramatta South, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury


$7,500 per year for the duration of degree


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • be commencing study or currently enrolled full-time studying a Bachelor of Nursing at one of the following campuses: Liverpool, Parramatta South, Campbelltown, Hawkesbury
  • Applicants must reside in Greater Western Sydney

Matt and Nicole Graham

Matt and Nicole Graham are both long-term residents of Greater Western Sydney. Matt is a partner at PwC and a member of Western Sydney University’s Foundation Council and its Audit and Risk Committee. Until recently, Nicole was Sacramental Coordinator for Our Lady of the Way Catholic Church at Emu Plains.

Matt grew up and studied in Penrith and has worked with PwC for nearly 25 years. He is the national leader of PwC’s Assurance practice and has worked in Sydney, Melbourne, London and the USA. Matt is involved in the local community as a sports coach and manager, and is a musician and golfer.

Nicole was raised in Blacktown and started her career as a marketing assistant, working for Procter & Gamble, Jackel and Dunhill Madden Butler. After the arrival of Matt and Nicole’s children, Nicole began her part-time career as a sacramental coordinator. Most recently she has volunteered to help students with special needs complete their high school exams. Nicole is also a musician and has taught music to young children.

Nicole’s father, Dr Bob Fisher, was a general practitioner in Western Sydney, mainly in Fairfield and Blacktown. His passion was mentoring new doctors and nurses and helping them realise their potential.

Matt and Nicole have two children and are both passionate about the importance of young Australians dreaming big and striving to maximise their strengths. They would like to enable nursing students at Western Sydney University to reach their potential by offering a scholarship. They hope to create an opportunity for a Western Sydney University student to increase the boundaries they see around their potential, grow and develop personally and professionally and start a career that will make a great contribution to their family and our community.

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