Lion Dr William Chiu Scholarship


$7,500 per year for the duration of the degree


New or continuing students


Any undergraduate degree


Applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia
  • be currently enrolled or commencing full-time or part-time study in any year of any undergraduate degree
  • demonstrate equity considerations such as economic, social or other disadvantage based on Western Sydney University Opportunity and Equity Considerations (opens in a new window)
  • demonstrate academic potential through a minimum ATAR of 80 for new students, or a minimum GPA of 5 for continuing students. Non-current school leaver applications will be assessed on the basis of work experience and educational qualifications.

Dr William Chiu

‘Everyone can play a role in charity. Love has no boundaries.’ These were the words of a supremely generous man, whose legacy continues to benefit the University’s students and Australia–China relations.

In his lifetime, Dr William Chiu established a program at Western Sydney University for young people to gain a deeper understanding of Chinese language and culture. As well as promoting cross-cultural understanding, his gift allowed the University to provide opportunities with Chinese partners for students both locally and internationally. The program has delivered many scholarships for study at leading Chinese universities, numerous academic prizes in Chinese language and culture, literary translation projects, sponsorship of an Asian study conference, research internships and PhD scholarships. As a proud Lion, Dr Chiu demonstrated what can be achieved when people come together to create good in the world.

With the generous support of the Follow Your Dream Foundation Australia, Dr Chiu’s generosity of spirit, leadership and vision for a more harmonious society will be fostered in future scholars with the Lion Dr William Chiu Scholarship. The scholarship supports students who have the drive and talent to achieve tertiary education.

Applications and Selection Process

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the Scholarships Unit and asked to 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.