John Mac Foundation Scholarship


$7,500 per year for up to three years


New or current students


Any Western Sydney University undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree, or Foundation Studies, Diploma or Associate Degree at Western Sydney University College


Applicants must:

  • have received an offer to study or be currently enrolled full time or part time in any year of an undergraduate or postgraduate coursework degree at Western Sydney University, or Foundation Studies, Diploma or Associate Degree at the Western Sydney College
  • demonstrate equity considerations such as economic, social or other disadvantage, based on equity considerations (opens in a new window) as assessed by the University

Preference will be given to Australian citizens or permanent residents who have been granted a humanitarian visa within the last five years.

Successful applicants will be selected based on their application, academic potential and their ability to meet the criteria.

John Mac Foundation

John Mac was a humanitarian and an activist who lost his life in 2014 while bravely trying to assist civilians escape attacking rebel forces across the River Nile in Sudan. In memory of his older brother, Deng Adut – alumnus, lawyer and 2016 NSW Australian of the Year – has established a charitable foundation to support education and justice in Australia and South Sudan. Established in 2016, the John Mac Foundation aims to continue the legacy of John Mac and also address some of the issues that held him back in life.

In Australia, the foundation operates a scholarship fund which enables underprivileged students (especially people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds) to access higher education. The foundation also connects scholarship beneficiaries to mentors and undertakes outreach to schools to promote the benefits of education and training. In the future, the foundation will expand its overseas operations by providing practical help to South Sudanese students to support the fledgling legal justice system in the young nation of South Sudan.

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