Eucharistic Community Scholarship for Aboriginal Women


$10,000 per year for two years


Continuing students


Any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents
  • be currently enrolled full-time or part-time equivalent in the second year of any undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
  • identify as Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander
  • be female students

Eucharistic Community

The Eucharistic Community is the Australian Community of an international Roman Catholic Congregation of Religious Sisters. We are called "Eucharistic" because we take our meaning and values from the major ritual of the Catholic Church, the Eucharist ("Thanksgiving"). Those values, found in the Gospel, are unity, justice, love and peace.

Founded in Canada in 1950, the Community spent its first years in a near-totally enclosed lifestyle of prayer and contemplation: prayers for the world being of great importance.  However, with the changes in the Catholic Church brought about by the Second Vatican Council, the Community began to explore new ways of contributing to our world.

So, over the years the Sisters of our small Community have been involved in many areas of ministry, including a presence among inner-city and regional Aboriginal communities. When it became possible this year for us to give money to "charity", some of us immediately thought of making a contribution to an indigenous group or person. It was suggested to us that we could offer a scholarship at Western Sydney University for an aboriginal woman. We were delighted, and we are very pleased that this is now able to happen.

Applications 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.

Applications for this scholarship are now closed.